Sugt'stun Word of the Week for Feb. 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017

This week's phrase is masked dancer, or in Sugt'stun, maskalataaq.
Credit Daysha Eaton

Maskalataaq, Masked dancer.

Apaam tangqai, utakinermek urriitakcagkun tatarpiamaskalaatarialriit. Translation: Older brother saw the big bidarka coming from the volcano full of masked dancers. Maskalataaq, Masked dancer.  


Sugt'stun is the traditional language of the Sugpiaq communities across the Alaska Peninsula, Prince William Sound and Kodiak Island. This includes the villages of Port Graham and Nanwalek.

Nanwalek residents Sally and Sperry Ash have collaborated with KBBI to share the Sugt'stun language with the communities of the southern Kenai Peninsula.

A new word will air each week, twice a day. You can hear the Sugt'stun Word of the Week on weekdays at 7:59 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. and weekends at 9:18 a.m. and 4:18 p.m.