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Naut’staat - Plants


Medicinal and edible plants have and are an important part of the Alutiiq culture. There are several resources available to teach, learn, and practice Kodiak Alutiiq plant names and habitats. See the end of this lesson resource page for a list of common plants featured.




    Plant Habitats

    Different plants grow best in different habitats. On Kodiak Island there are six main plant habitats where we find plants. To assist learners and teachers in learning the Alutiiq names for these habitats and other outdoor elements or features you can download this Plant Habitats in Alutiiq handout created by Alisha Drabek, including a translation key. 


    Plants Flashcards & 8 1/2" x 11" Cards

    Developed by Alisha Drabek for the Kodiak High School Alutiiq Language class as computer-based presentation printouts, the following flashcards, and full sheet cards.


    Kodiak Spring Plants Booklet

    Developed by the Native Educators of the Alutiiq Region in partnership with Kodiak Island Borough School District and the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative through University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Kodiak Spring Plants Booklet is a resource that shares the traditional uses of featured spring plants from the Kodiak region. The Kodiak Spring Plants Booklet includes a number of relevant resources and lesson plants for teaching about the plants.


    Alutiiq Traditions Book

    You can purchase the Alutiiq Traditions book at the Alutiiq Museum Store or via their website. Within this introductory text about the Native culture of the Kodiak Archipelago are several one-page sections on plants that are important to understanding the uses and cultural significance of different plants within the Kodiak area.

    • Plants in Alutiiq Society, p. 25
    • Plants as Food, p. 26
    • Baskets - Inartat, p. 27

Featured Common Alutiiq Plant Names

  • Uqgwik - Alder
  • Cillqaq - Fireweed
  • Qangananguaq - Yarrow
  • Ugyutak; Ugsutak - Cow Parsnip - Puchki
  • Urisaq - Angelica
  • PetRuskaq - Beach Loveage
  • Saalalraq - Dandelion
  • Cukilanarpak - Devil’s Club
  • Qu’unarleq - Dock
  • Ciquq - Cottonwood
  • Nunallaq Caayuq - Labrador Tea
  • Qataqutaq - Fiddlehead Fern
  • Weguaq - Goosetongue
  • Paumyuruaq - Horsetail
  • Uuqaayanaq; Uuqaunaq - Nettle
  • Nakuraartum Nuyii - Old Man’s Beard
  • Weg’et - Beach Grass
  • Talltaciq - Wild Geranium
  • Naanaaruaq - Spring Beauty
  • Nimruyaq - Willow
  • Caik - Wormwood
  • Uluruaq - Broadleaf Plantain
  • Napaq - Spruce
  • Qulltaruaq - Pond Lily
  • Nasquluk - Bull Kelp
  • Ikignganaq - Shy maiden; Single delight
  • ARam’aaskaq - Pineapple Weed
  • Alagnaq - Salmonberry
  • Siksa; Pakik; Aruryaq - Crowberry
  • Kenegtaq - Bog (Lowbush) Cranberry
  • Amaryaq - Highbush Cranberry
  • Aqagwik - Cloudberry
  • Muuguaq - Watermelon Berry
  • KukaRikau - Lupine



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