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Old 08-16-2008, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Does anyone know the Inuit or Native Alaskan name for "Big Dog/s"?

I know this is probably a little off topic, BUT my hubby swears he heard the word before and he really liked it. We are starting up our kennel and trying to remember this name to incorporate into the name of our kennel and farm. We raise Giant Alaskan Malamutes so that was the main reason for wanting the name.
He thinks he heard it in the either the "snow dogs" movie or "8 below". We are not personally native Alaskan (obviously or I wouldn't be asking) but our Mals are and such we felt deserved the name...if that makes sense. Any help would be much appreciated...Thank you, Stephanie


I will be posting this on a few of the other forums too. So if you see it somewhere else I'mjust trying to get as much help as I can. Thanks Again.
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Does anyone know the Inuit or Native Alaskan name for "Big Dog/s"?
I don't speak Inupiaq, but I do have a dictionary and know at least a little about how it is structured.

In Inupiaq (northern Alaska and all across Canada and Greenland) the basic word for dog is "qimmiq", or some variation on that, such as
"qi'miq" or "qinmiq". I'm not positive about this last part, but the usual suffix to modify something to be big is "puk", hence it might be "qimmiqpuk" to indicate a "big dog".

In Yup'ik (Central Alaskan Yupik) the word commonly used is "qimugta" and a big dog is "qimulvak". There again, I do not speak the language and am repeating what is in available dictionaries. On this last one... maybe Warptman can explain it in better detail. I think he probably is fluent in Yup'ik! (And if not he know a few people who are... like Mom and Dad!)
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Yup, Qimugta (kee-moooggg-tah) is dog in Yup'ik. I'll ask the parents what the word for big dog. You have to drag the g like you're clearing the back of your throat getting ready to spit that saliva out. In Yup'ik, the letter R and G sound the same, but you have to drag the R from the front of your mouth. It's confusing.

Waqaa (Wah-kah)---Hello

Cangacit (Chang-ah-chit)---How are you doing?

Asirtua (ah-sirrr-two-ah)---I'm fine

Quyana (koo-yah-nah) Thank you

Quyana Caknek (Koo-yah-nah Chuk-nuk) Thank You Very Much!

Piuraa (Bee-urrr-ah) Bye!

The letter P sounds like B in Yup'ik.

Curat (chew-rrat) Blue Berries

Tangerpiit (Dung-err-peet) Black Berries
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Waqaa, Warptman. Scroll lovin' with curat to you.
Cangacit?
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Well you've left, so I will too. Quyana Caknek, Warpt. Piuraa -- Dewayne!
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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When someone says Quyana to you, you answer with a "ii-i" (eee-e). This means "your welcome. It also means yes.

If someone asks you cangacit, normally you'd say something like, wiinga (me) (weengah)--asirtua. I am good.
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Wow. that is such a neat and beautiful language. I really appreciate all of your help.
These are some of the words others have told me about.

big (is) - angiyok, takiyok
dog (leader dog) - issorartuyok
dog (plays) v - unayok

My hubby said he was pretty sure it started with an S or an SH sound. How would I pronounce this word "issorartuyok"? Could it be the s so sh word he thought he heard.

Thanks for all of ya'lls help. I thought this might be the best place to come and ask something like this. You guys are great.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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warptman, do your parents have a way of saying, "Big Dog?"

I'm very interested too, want an honorific way of talking about Sedna's dog husband in some of the Inuit heritage story variations, since this big dog, sometimes revered as ancestor, isn't known by a personal name.

can anyone help DreamChasers8 and her husband with their family dogs, me, and others who want to know, please?

~ Ntsom, a writer in California
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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and if not Inuit dialects, other Native Alaskan ways of saying "Big Dog" would also be very appreciated! Surely a common phrase for many speakers, we may hope?
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