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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


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Sharing

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Sharing
Marilyn Sheldon
Noorvik, 8th grade

Sharing is thoughtful, loving, reasonable, effort.
Sharing includes you, me, Elders and all the people.
Sharing is a gift of love.
It gives time, money, food, clothing.
It makes you feel good.
Sharing needs patience, thankfulness and thinking of
others.
Sharing fears laziness, stinginess and loneliness.
Sharing relates to Inupiaq people by
- Loving One Another -

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Fourth graders
Kiana

Sharing is . . .

Chopping wood, cleaning up, washing dishes, sweeping the floor, going to the store for other people, helping them to get ready, hanging up clothes, washing clothes, finding stuff for others, sharing popcorn, sharing clothes, picking up trash, giving someone new shoes and washing the floor.

Sharing is important. If an old man or lady is too old to hunt, then they will starve if you don’t share. If you are old, a person will hunt for you. That is being an Eskimo.End Article

Sharing
Photo courtesy of Christine Ahlalook

Shaun Johnson
11th grade
Kiana

Sharing is important to the Inupiaq culture. Without cooperation and sharing of raw materials and resources, many cultures couldn’t survive. It is important to help each other, share meat, wood and shelter. This cultural value has helped Inupiat peoples survive and thrive in such a harsh environment.

In the past, during times of starvation, it was important that everyone work together and share limited foods. If this value wasn’t held by our people, the culture would have died generations ago.

Sharing is still an important value for today’s Inupiat. With the clash of cultures, some people don’t have the survival skills to go out and get food or survive out in the country.End Article

 

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