Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 5, 2017

Mar 5, 2017

This week's word is elder, or in Sugt'stun, cuqlliq.
Credit Shahla Farzan

Cuqlliq, elder.

Cuqllirpaq pitani minartutaq'gki cuqlliminum.

Translation: He gave his first catch to his elders.

Cuqlliq, elder.


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.