Sugt'stun Word of the Week

Weekdays 7:59 a.m. and 4:59 p.m.; Weekends at 9:18 a.m. and 4:18 p.m.
  • Hosted by Sperry Ash

The Sugt'stun Word of the Week is a collaboration between KBBI and Nanwalek residents, Sally and Sperry Ash, to share the Sugt'stun language with the communities of the Southern Kenai Peninsula.

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

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for May 22, 2017

May 25, 2017

Alakaa ai: Gee whiz

Alakaa ai, nutann kiimi piturtua sarsalua!


Gee whiz,  I'm just now eating and having tea!

Sug'stun Word of the Week for May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017
JW Heldermon Photography

Pituugaaq: Rooster.

Pituugaankuk Kuulicaani-llu katrilariik.

Translation: The rooster and his hen went square dancing.

Sug'stun Word of the Week for April 24, 2017

Apr 24, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Qanerki'iluni: To send a message.

Mic'uk qanerki'ilraa KBBI-Kun unuaqu tuyurciqniluta qaigyamek.

Translation: Mickey sent word through KBBI airwaves that he will send us a seal tomorrow.

Sug'stun Word of the Week for April 17, 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Qayu ai: Sure uh (isn't it so).

Qayu ai, Apaam ing'iq mayullruuga.

Translation: Isn't it so- sure uh- Grandpa has climbed the mountain before.

Shahla Farzan

Sulunaq: Salted fish.

Angiciluta qakiyat nasquitnek sulunanek taumi unami qasarluta.

Translation: Let's soak some salted silver salmon heads and eat them with fried bread in the morning.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for April 3, 2017

Apr 3, 2017
Daysha Eaton

Ut'arlluni: to make a quick return.

Aguanga Angegkitaqnumen ut'arllua.

Translation: I'm going to Seldovia and I'll make a quick return.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017
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Caqallqat, seaweed.

Caqallqat alliqiurtut awa.

Translation: The seaweed are starting to appear.

Caqallqat, seaweed. 

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 20, 2017

Mar 20, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Ip'ut, sea snails.

Ip'ut piturnairlartut qaigyam uquanek pilirua.

Translation: The sea snails are tasty with seal oil.

Ip'ut, sea snails.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 13, 2017

Mar 13, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Pastaaq, Lent.

Paaskaamen paiglluta pastartutkut.

Translation: We are preparing for Pascha by having Lent.

Pastaaq, Lent.

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

Mar 5, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Cuqlliq, elder.

Cuqllirpaq pitani minartutaq'gki cuqlliminum.

Translation: He gave his first catch to his elders.

Cuqlliq, elder.