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 - October 7, 2018

Oct 7, 2018
By Phil Sangwell from United Kingdom (Harvest moon.) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Tanqik  -  Moon

Tanqiliruq taumi pat'snarluni llama.

The moon is bright and it is cold outside.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 30, 2018

Oct 1, 2018

Ken’tuq  -  It is low tide.

Ken’tuq  aciwarluta


It is low tide, let’s go gather seafood.



Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 23, 2018

Sep 25, 2018
Paola Castillo NASA/ESA - (image link), Public Domain

Qit’hnginartuq  -  It is dazzling.

Mitaq qit’hgninartuq qilagmi.


That shooting star is dazzling.


Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 16, 2018

Sep 16, 2018

Qagguanaruanraami - even though he/she is funny

Qagguanaruanraraami una Maurice suqninguar cartuq.
Even though he is kind of funny, Maurice here, is serious.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 9, 2018

Sep 9, 2018

Pituryatur warluta  -  Picnic

Unwaqu pamairtukut Nanwakcagmen
pituryatur warluta.

Tomorrow, we are heading to Second Lake for a picnic.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - August 26, 2018

Aug 27, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Unermiaqlluka - carrying it under his/her arm

Qangeq unermiaqlluku haggutaa tcateryigt'slua-cin.
Translation:  For a while now he has been carrying the pot under his arm, making us wonder why.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - July 8, 2018

Jul 12, 2018
Chicago History Museum

Matarnaq  - Indian from the lower 48

Taugna matarnaq Chicago mek angqukaa.

That Indian from Chicago is my friend.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - June 11, 2018

Jun 12, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Qaiyum qilua  -  Seal intestines

Qaigyum qilua asirlartuq qiuryaliqqllukiu.

Seal intestines are good for braiding and smoking.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
Creative Commons

Engarpakarluni  -  He laughed too hard.

Qurmicaggamalraa etqicaulluni!

He laughed too hard and peed in his pants.


Sugt'stun Word of the Week - May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
Creative Commons

Illipai  -  Her Bread

Illipai Emaa Nataliam tagua asirlartut.

Emaa Natalie's bread is very good.