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Iņupiaq RavenIņupiaq Cultural Values


 Iņupiat Ilitqusiat


Every Iņupiaq is responsible to all other Iņupiat for the survival of our cultural spirit, and the values and traditions through which it survives. Through our extended family, we retain, teach, and live our Iņupiat way.


With guidance and support from Elders, we must teach our children Iņupiaq values:

Knowledge of Language
Respect for Others
Respect for Elders
Love for Children
Hard Work
Knowledge of Family Tree
Avoidance of Conflict
Respect for Nature
Family Roles
Hunter Success
Domestic Skills
Responsibility to Tribe


Our understanding of our universe and our place in it is a belief in God and respect for all his creations.

  • Avanmun Ikayuutiniq
  • Avilaitqatigiigņiq
  • Iḷagiiņiq
  • Iḷammiuġniq
  • Igḷutuiguniq
  • Ikayuqtigiigņiq
  • Irruaqłiġņaiņņiq
  • Kipakkutaiņņiq
  • Mitaallatuniq
  • Nagliktuutiqaġniq
  • Nakuaqqutiqaġniq
  • Piḷḷaktautaiņņiq
  • Piqpakkutiqaġniq Miqłiqtunun
  • Pitqiksibautaiņņiq
  • Qiksiksrautiqaġniq
  • Qimmaksautaiņņiq
  • Siġņataiņņiq
  • Helping Each Other
  • Friendships
  • Family Relations/Roles
  • Creating Friends
  • Endurance
  • Cooperation
  • No Mockery
  • Respect for Human, Animals, Property and Land
  • Sense of Humor
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Gentleness
  • Love For Children
  • Honesty
  • Respect for Others
  • Patience
  • Sharing
  • Aŋuniaġniqput
  • Anaktaġniq
  • Atuutipiavut
  • Miqłiqtuvut
  • Niġrutit
  • Niqivut
  • Nuna Iņuuniaġvikput
  • Quliaqtuat, Unipkaat
  • Suliavut
  • Surġausivut
  • Taġiuq Iņuuniaġvikput
  • Uqaġniqput Iņupiatun
  • Utuqqanaat Iḷisimmataat
  • Utuqqanaat Isumattutaat
  • Our Hunting Traditions
  • Traditional Games
  • Eskimo Dances and Songs
  • Our Children
  • Animals
  • Our Traditional Foods
  • Land of Our Sustenance
  • Stories and Legends
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Traditions / Customs
  • Sea of Our Sustenance
  • Iņupiat Language
  • Elders Knowledge
  • Elders Wisdom

Iņupiat Ilitqusiat
by the Village News Network
Excerpt: "This publication is an attempt to blend two goals: cultural education and media education. NANA’s Inupiat Ilitqusiat program strives to instill values that will serve children all their lives. The Village News Network strives to increase the Native voice in Alaska media. We came together to help each other."


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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified November 3, 2006