Niġiñiutit: Traditional Nunamiut Household Cooking Utensils

Iñupiaq Glossary

Aglignaq                                      
A set of Eskimo laws pertaining to actions which are taboo or forbidden or restrictive.

Akigaun                                      
The caribou antler shovel used to transport fire heated rocks.

Alluiyaq                                       
A long wooden plate with a hollow area in the middle.

Aluutaq                                       
A personal spoon made of either horn or wood.

Aluuttaaqpak                             
A large serving spoon.

Aluqsraaqtuq                             
To dip foods into seal or whale oil before eating.

Arvik
A flat rock used as an anvil when crushing bone or other materials.

Ikkiq 
A reddish resin-rich and durable variety of sprucewood which is ideally suited for use as a cutting board.

Iļulik
A slab-sided wooden tub used for covering or other purposes.

Iļulikpak                                    
A large slab-sided wooden tub used for cooking or other purposes.

Imniam Nagrua                          
Horn of Dall mountain sheep often used for the making of ladles and spoons.

Iŋniq
A term for a small condiment dish - either a pingalu or piqtaligauraq- used to hold seal or whale oil.

Ipigaliq                                        
Moss used for a wick in the old seal oil lamps.

Itchaliq                                        
The traditional caribou skin tent.

Ivrulik                                         
The traditional moss house.

Ivisaaq                                         
A reddish brown mineral dye, used on wooden items. A form of hematite (iron oxide).

Kaugvik                                       
Another name for an arvik – a flat stone anvil used in crushing bones.

Katalu                                         
The handle of the bone-crushing hammer.

Kautaq                                        
The bone-crushing hammer.

Kasugninak                                
The thinned overlap joint used to join two wooden slabs such as the walls of the piqtalik.

Kikiaq
A wooden nail or peg used to join two pieces of wood together such as the overlap joint in a bentwood bucket.

Millik
The "crooked knife," a knife with a curved blade.

Mumiġnaq                                  
The large root bole of the spruce tree used for making wooden kitchen implements.

Nataaŋa                                     
The bottom panel of the bentwood piqtalik.

Niginiutit                                     
A general term for household kitchen utensils.

Niuqtuun                                     
The traditional bow drill.

Pasiksiak argiq                           
The practice of roasting small chunks of meat over the flame of the household lamp.

Patigaq                                        
The old-style clay cooking pot.

Piqtalik                                        
A general term for any slab-sided, bentwood container used for cooking or serving.

Piqtaligauraq                             
A small slab-sided, bentwood container.

Piŋalu                                        
A general term for a bulge or protruberance growing on the trunk of a tree – usually a spruce tree.

Puggutaq                                     
A large serving bowl.

Puiñiq
Grease rendered from the crushed and boiled bones of large animals.

Piginaurak                                  
A spruce tree with a curved trunk which yielded ikkiq wood for use as a cutting board.

Puuq 
A bag such as the stomach of a caribou filled with rendered bone grease (puiñiq)

Qattaq                                         
The household water barrel, usually in the form of piqtalik.

Qayuuttaq   
                                
A large spoon or dipper often made of wood and sometimes of Dall sheep horn.

Qayuuttauraq                             
A small dipper used exclusively with the water barrel, made of either wood or Dall sheep horn.

Qaqsuuqtaaq                              
Another name for the stone bone crushing hammer.

Qisaguaq                                     
The large stomach of the caribou sometimes used as a puuq to contain rendered bone grease (puiñiq)

Qiuġvik                                       
A wooden or antler cutting board used for processing meat or other material.