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I˝upiaq RavenIñupiat Ioitqusiat

A Special Publication of Alaska Newspapers Inc.

"Those things that make us who we are"

Portrait of a People - By the People
Originally a supplement to The Arctic Sounder


Ixismajiq Ixagiioigmik
Knowledge of Family Tree

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Generations of
Leaves to Grow

Lan Capelle
Kiana
Grade 9

Family Tree,
Tree of Life
Roots draw strength
from the Elders of the past.

Family Tree,
Tree of Life
These branches sprout a new
Generation of leaves to grow.

Family Tree,
Tree of Life
Rings of life adds to
the strength of the family tree

 

I’d Like To Know
Who My Relatives Are

Delores Tuckfield
Grade 12
Kiana

We all know our
mothers and fathers
Brothers, sisters, and
grandparents, too.
To find all your aunts, uncles, and
cousins
It doesn’t matter
how near or far
We all need to broaden our horizons
to find who is who
Nothing can be as important.

 

The Cycle of Life
Eric Gooden
Kiana
Grade 9

Solid as a tree of Life,
My family stands up firm
The branches and the roots
work together to make our families
strong.

I feel like a tree
blowing in the wind.
My branches are expanding
I am a tree of Kin.

I draw strength from my roots
and grow into a tree of kin.
Soon to sprout new seeds of life
and begin the cycle again.

With this ring ...
Photo courtesy of Christine Ahlalook

 

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