Life in the Qasgiq
(from: Akula's Yup'ik Studies Program, Elder Interviews, Kalila Slim")
In the qasgiq old men surround the light.
In the center there was a clay potted light.
The qasgiq was the first light to be lit.
The women fetched the light from the qasgik for their houses.
Long ago theree were no big villages. Families stayed as groups.
People moved to summer fish camps every spring.
When schools were built, groups of families moved near the school.
Nunivak was the first to have a school, Tununak second, and Kipnuk third. This is when the
yup'ik way of life changed.
In Kasigluk, and throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the majority of poeple live, to some degree, by subsistence. Although the term"subsistence" is often used to refer to hunting and gathering, here in Kasigluk it also involves a very deep spiritual relationship with the land and the ecosystem of the tundra. In Akula Elitnaurviak there is a strong emphasis throughout the community-school program on respect of people working together. The means of survival is still subsistence through hunting, fishing, and gathering, although there is increasing reliance on the cash economy to provide necessities. This reality is totally reflected in the school's curricluum and teaching practices.
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