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Richard and Debbie Atuk on Iñupiaq preservation

Debbie and Richard Atuk visited the Morning Show on June 21. Photo by Miriam Trujillo, KNOM(2022).

Richard Atuk and Debbie Atuk, father and daughter, are on a mission to revive Iñupiaq culture through language learning.

In the interview below, they explain that Iñupiaq is more than a language — it is a way of life. Iñupiaq speech is holistic, community-based and telling of cultural values. Through advocating for language preservation and education, they hope people will be reconnected with their heritage and carry on Iñupiaq culture.

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Image at top: Debbie and Richard Atuk visited the KNOM Morning Show on June 21. Photo by Miriam Trujillo, KNOM(2022).

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