Phone: (907) 852-4711
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Mrs. Jamie Sikkattuaq Harcharek
Iñupiaq Language Teacher for 2nd & 4th Grade
I am excited to start the 2017/2018 school year.
Students will continuously utilize the language in my classroom, to build their vocabulary and social skills Iñupiatun. They will be learning about our seasonal cultural activities, Iñupiat values, and much more. One of the things I love doing, is bringing our culture into my classroom, i.e. hunters, cultural experts, a harvested wolf, caribou, foxes, whaling gear and much more. As Iñupiat we once were nomadic, living off the land and traveling were food was available. We used our ancestral knowledge for survival; to navigate, sew, hunt, build tools and shelters, find water, medicinal practices, and everyday living. Our language is based around an Iñupiat way of life, which can’t always be modeled in the classroom. There are around 92 terms for ice, and 76 terms for snow. The best way to teach these would be being outside, so the next best thing are the tangibles; bringing in elders, hunters, animals to harvest, whaling gear, trapping equipment, thus enabling better expression of our Iñupiat language.
Some of the things students will be focusing on the next few weeks:
· Identifying body parts
· Kinship terms
· How to address family members
· Commands (“Close the door”, “turn on the lights”, etc.)
· Migratory bird names
Where can you hear Iñupiaq spoken?
Viva is a tool used to hear the Iñupiat language. I encourage students to use Viva at the library, home, or any where internet can be accessed.
KBRW has Uqalugaat Monday through Friday at 6pm.
2nd Grade - Christmas Song
4th Grade - Christmas Songs
Ukulele Music ****
Here is a new site that will help parents and kids in reading/spelling Iñupiatun.
***I have my students practice the atchagat before reading any words to help with pronunciation.***