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Aksik is a Siberian Yupik term called out by captains to turn the boat quickly, as if to avoid danger or move in a new direction, by placing an oar against the bow and down in to the water and pulling back using the gunnel as a fulcrum point. Aksik is also an Inupiat term meaing do not touch. We believe humanity must aksik away from climate change quickly and aksik, or do not disturb, traditional subsistence cultures in these efforts.
AKSIK is also an acronym for Alaskans Sharing Indigenous Knowledge.
AKSIK is a multi-year scientific and advocacy project to create an online library of videos that:
Document what native people in the Bering Sea area of Alaska are witnessing with climate change; and
Communicate their adaptation needs via the internet.
We work with two communities in the Bering Strait:
Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island;and
Shaktoolik on the Norton Sound.
This project is funded by St. Lawrence University's Environmental Education Initiative for Active Learning, Research and Advocacy, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
WHO WE ARE
Director and Founder
Jon Rosales, Ph.D.
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
Savoonga: Perry Pungowiyi
Shaktoolik: Carole Sookiayak
Dr. Jessican Chapman, St. Lawrence University, Mathematics
Dr. Alexander Stewart, St. Lawrence University, Geology
Website Design by David Katz.