Word of the Week

Uvlaalluataq: (üv•la•lō•tuk) 1. Inupiaq greeting translating to Good Morning.

 

 


Side Note: This greeting is used at the beginning of the day when the school meets to start off its day with announcements and the pledge (said in Inupiaq)

 

 

 

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.

Word of the Week

Cunnychuck: (kun•ē•chuk) noun. 1. An arctic entryway. An enclosed, unheated, part of the house which allows an individual to walk into a space out of the elements, stomp off their feet, and then continue through a door into the main living space.

Synonyms: mudroom, entryway, entry room

 

 


Side note: This is probably my favorite word we use up here. I have two on (in?) my house, one that even came with shelving for storage.