Word of the Week

Katak: (ku•tuk) verb. 1. Inupiaq word that translates to the verb fall.

 

 


Side Note: It may be for all conjugations, but the students use it with English endings if they “conjugate” it at all. “He kataked. It katak. He katak it. I katak.”

 

 

 

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Chuckerator: (chuk•ə•rādər) noun. 1. When it is so cold outside that your cunnychuck can serve as a refrigerator or freezer.

 

 


Side Note: Chuckerator is just a word used by some of my coworkers, but it often results in slushy or frozen pop and can be a good place to keep extra freezer items…if you keep an eye on the temps.

 

 

 

Word of the Week

Washateria: (wäsh•ә•tir•ēә) noun. 1. The water tower in town where people can go to get their water for $0.25/5 gal.

 

 


Side Note: Because I am blessed to have running water, I’m not sure on the exact price or the operating hours, but I do know that everyone in the village has to fetch water from the washateria.

 

 

 

Word of the Week

Sno-go: (snō ɡōnoun. 1. A fuel powered machine that uses a single track and skis instead of wheels to help it travel over snow.

See Snowmachine or Snowmobile

 


Side Note: The main mode of transportation, in the winter, on the small island (if not by foot) is by sno-go.

Word of the Week

Qavvik: (ku•-vik) noun. 1. Inupiaq word meaning wolverine. The Qavvik is McQueen School’s mascot and a fierce, important part of Kivalina’s culture. Some clothes have Qavvik fur sown into them to make them warmer.

 

 


Side note: I made the mistake of asking an Elder in the village what a Qavvik was as I was being shown her coat with Qavvik paws including the nails dangling down the front…to which the person beside me responded in apologies and promises that I wouldn’t make that mistake again.