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Ilat - Families

An important first Alutiiq language conversational goal is to be able to introduce yourself and your family connections. Intorducing yourself in Alutiiq will tie you to other learners and community members, and traditionally, has been a first interaction between a new acquaintance. 

Check out the resources below to help guide you to introduce yourself in Alutiiq. 




    "Family" Page in the Alutiiq Picture Dictionary

    Available in its second edition, the Kodiak Alutiiq Picture Dictionary or Qik'rtarmiut Sugpiat Niugneret book contains pages on Kodiak Alutiiq family and people terms. Available for individual download is the page on Family shown at right. The glossary for this book serves as the basis for the Online Alutiiq Dictionary launched through this site, which includes page number references to the Picture Dictionary for each word.



    Personal Introductions

    After mastering Alutiiq family and people terms, the next step to being able to introduce oneself is to learn how to use the verbs "to live" (et'aar-) and "to be born". Developed and used with the KHS Alutiiq Language class, this Personal Introductions PDFMac Keynote or PowerPoint (may need reformatting after download) presentation provides an orientation to these verbs and sample personal introduction phrases to develop understanding. As this presentation is intended for use within an immersion instruction setting (without English), we have included a phrase translation list below:

    • Nani et'aarcit? - Where do you live?
    • Sun'ami et'aartua. - I live in Kodiak.
    • Wiiwaqa (N)/Uyuwaqa (S) Sun'ami et'aartuq. - My younger sibling lives in Kodiak.
    • Ilanka Sun'ami et'aartut. - My family lives in Kodiak.
    • Una tan'uraq Nuniami et'aartuq. - This boy lives in Old Harbor.
    • Una arya'aq Uusenkaami et'aartuq. - This girl lives in Ouzinkie.
    • Una arnaq Uyaqsami et'aartuq. - This woman lives in Larsen Bay.
    • Una nukallpiaq Masiqsirarami et'aartuq. - This man lives in Port Lions.
    • Una arnaq Kicarwigami et'aartuq. - This woman lives in Anchorage.
    • Nani suullriaten? - Where were you born?
    • Sun'ami suullrianga. - I was born in Kodiak.
    • Taataqa Sun'ami suullria. - My dad was born in Kodiak.
    • Una tan'uraq Nuniami suullria. - This boy was born in Old Harbor.
    • Una arya'aq Uusenkaami suullria. - This girl was born in Ouzinkie.
    • Una arnaq Uyaqsami suullria. - This woman was born in Larsen Bay.
    • Una nukallpiaq Masiqsirarami suullria. - This man was born in Port Lions.
    • Una arnaq Kicarwigami suullria. - This woman was born in Anchorage.

    The Alutiiq Museum's Language Program developed a Personal Introduction Form that is a useful tool for preparing a personal introduction script. An excellent first goal for students is to create their own personal introduction, and this form is a quick way to get started.


    Family Genealogy Chart

    Developed through the KHS Alutiiq Language class, this Genealogy Chart in Alutiiq provides a traditional genealogy chart format for each student to identify their ancestors and living relatives. A sample chart is available for comparison on how to use the chart effectively. 


    Suuget - People 

    Being able to introduce yourself and talk about your family is important, but talking about other people and identify who they are in Alutiiq is also important. The poster to the right is a list of general terms used to identify people, both masculine and feminine.  


    Ap'saq - "Ask" Personal Introduction Board Game

    Intended as a simple learner group activity developed through the KHS Alutiiq Language class, this game board is useful to practice family introductions from memory, including a series of personal introductory questions for players to respond to as they move around the board. Each player should have a game piece (borrowed from a store bought game or coins or pebbles) and 1 dice. Players can play to see who gets to the end first or see how many times they can reach the end within a time frame. Players should be directed to only speak Alutiiq when playing, saying the Alutiiq numbers as they count their spaces and land on the personal question or statement square.

    • Cestun Atren? - What is your name?
    • Asirtuten-qaa? - Are you good?
    • Cestun aanan/maaman atra? - What is your mother's name?
    • Nani et'aarcit? - Where do you live?
    • Nani suullriaten? - Where were you born?
    • Cestun ataan/taatan atra? - What is your father's name?
    • Nani aanan/maaman suullria? - Where was your mother born?
    • Nani ataan/taatan suullria? - Where was your father born?
    • Kina-mi ellpet? - Who are you? (Intended to elicit a longer introduction of several phrases)
    • Qaugcinek aningangq'rcit? - How many brothers do you have?
    • Quyanaa. - Thank you. (Intended to elicit a response of "You are welcome" - "Quyanaituq" or "Canaituq"
    • Qaugcinek uyuwangq'rcit/wiiwangq'rcit? - How many younger siblings do you have?
    • Qaugcinek alqangq'rcit? - How many older sisters do you have?
    • Cestun-mi uksungq'rcit? - How older are you? (How many winters do you have?)
    • Aularniq - Start
    • Iqua - End
    • Angiiten Pingauyunek, Staamanek, Tallimanek - Go back 3, 4, 5
    • Cutmen Mal'ugnek - Go forward 2 


    Personal Questions Response Worksheet

    In preparation for the above game, using the same questions and responses, this Personal Questions Worksheet provides a series of questions for learners to respond to in preparation for conversation and introductory games. Responses may vary, but here is a sample response form



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