from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a group of Eskimoan peoples inhabiting the southwest coastal areas of Alaska and extreme northeastern Siberia, particularly the central part of this range.
- n. The family of languages spoken by the Yupik.
- n. Any of the languages spoken by the Yupik. See Usage Notes at Eskimo, Inuit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A subbranch of the Eskimo-Aleut family of languages. This is the only language family known to straddle both North America and Asia. It is centered squarely in Alaska and is thought to have migrated across to Siberia a few hundred years ago.
Abe David, my Yupik companion and outfitter started off with his machine to plot a GPS track off the mountain so we would be able to find our way while I skinned and loaded the animal onto the sled.
A Yupik friend reminds me Isabella is talking about a sense of community that might be hard for me to grasp, as someone who simply does not have a long, deep history with one place.
The Natural Resources Defense Council was there along with Kimberly Williams, Executive Director of Nunumta Aulukestai "Keepers of the Land" in Yupik, an association of nine village corporations in south west Alaska and one of the leaders of the coalition in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska opposed to the Pebble Mine.
Morris Toolie, the president of the village corporation, said the community is facing many challenges—among them, the loss of language: The young adults today tend to understand Siberian Yupik but cannot speak it.
It is affecting the very tapestry of family life; long evening family conversations, an important part of Yupik culture and history, are being supplanted by the tube, which seems to interest only the young.
The school used to offer half an hour a day instruction in Siberian Yupik, the native language.
Much of that Arctic coal sits atop the core calving area of the Western Arctic caribou herd, the largest caribou herd in Alaska, estimated at some 377,000 animals that nearly 40 indigenous communities from three tribes -- Inupiat, Yupik, and Athabascan -- rely on for subsistence food, as well as cultural and spiritual identities.
Watching ice and weather our way: some lessons from Yupik observations of sea ice and weather on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.
Wild reindeer, snow sheep, and marine mammals hunted for subsistence by Chukchi and Yupik people
If fine restaurants in New York City and throughout the lower 48 were not creating a demand for the high quality salmon from this part of the world, one wonders how much worse off the Yupik would be.
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