Uqpiich: Willows in Nunamiut Culture

Iñupiaq Glossary

Akutuaq: A low-growing shrubby willow which was the preferred willow for flooring the sleeping areas of tents.

Amigaq: A general term for the bark of the willow.

Amaat: A general term for the roots of the willow.

Kanuŋŋiq: The diamond leafed willow (Salix pulchra); a variety of tall growing willow whose light strong wood was highly valued in making snowshoes.

Killiqsrautaq: A descriptive term for lone standing willow trees or bushes growing separate from one another rather than a closely packed stand or grove of willows.

Mitquapik: A low-growing shrubby willow valued for its seed hairs which were used for fire starting tinder.

Naunġaq: A large stem or trunk of a tall, treelike willow.

Nausiłłaq or nausungiłłiaq: A general term for low growing, shrubby willows, including the akutuaq and the mitquapik.

Nauraq: The general term for when plants green up for the summer.

Qimmiuraq: Pussy willow.

Tuquli: The term for when plants enter dormancy in the fall.

Uqpik (plural uqpiich): A general term for willows.

Ukpipiaq: Literally, “real willows," a name referring to the feltleaf or Alaska willow (Salix alexensis ).

Uqpigruaq: Literally, “big willows ," a general, descriptive term for tall, tree -like willows.

Uqpiviich: A general descriptive term for a large stand of ukpipiaq willows.