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  • "The Siberian Yupik language is ideally suited to the world of St. Lawrence Island, a landscape of ice and snow. Siberian Yupik has almost sixty separate words for ice: siku, ice; duvaq, shore-fast ice; iighwilnguq, drifting floes of ice; genu, slush ice; saleq, new ice; laaq, ice run; meghaat, open water on pack ice; kagim leghwaaq, crushed ice. Heimo told me how sometimes Edna will caution the girls: 'Watch out, that's wet water!' or 'Walk there, that's frozen ice.' They find it endlessly amusing, but for Edna it is anything but redundant."

    —James Campbell, The Final Frontiersman (New York and London: Atria Books, 2004), 245

    September 17, 2008

  • The Peruvian panpipe.

    November 25, 2014