Yup'ik Challenge: Mike's Mouse & Gram Story by Igiugig Yup'ik published on 2016-05-03T16:55:13Z “Talk Like An Elder” a.k.a. “Talk Like Mike” Yup'ik Challenge This is the beginning of the Mouse and Gram Story: Maurlurluqellriik-gguq uitalriik. Avelngaq maurlurluni-llu enemi. Atakumi-gguq Tukutukuar napam kangrani misngaluni. Avelngayagaam-gguq pia, atuutaa pikavet, “Tuku-tu-kua-rraurr- luuq Canaluten pikaancit? Qiarlurcit?” They say there was a grandmother who stayed. The mouse and gram in the home. In the evening (early morning) the owl in the spruce tree on the very top and clearly visible. The little mouse began to sing to him up there: “Owl, are you whittling wood up there? What is that crackling noise?” Yup’ik Challenge: Learn 34 seconds of Mike’s “Mouse and Gram” story and sound as much like a native Yup’ik speaker as you can. Focus on mastering Mike’s rhythm and intonation. The grand prize is a $50 Visa gift card for the student who sounds the most like Mike. All other participants will win $10 iTunes gift cards. The competition is open to all ages. Benefits: You will learn the Yup’ik rhythm and natural way of speaking. It is also an opportunity to honor Mike and his gift of storytelling. He wanted his stories and Yup’ik language to continue into the future. It means a lot that you are learning one of his Yup’ik stories. Dallia and the other elders will be invited to hear you present the story. Some tips on approach: You can start by listening to Mike’s recording on repeat many times to absorb the rhythm in your mind. Repeat after Mike as you listen to it. At first only pay attention to the rhythm (you can babble like a baby who is first learning to speak). Then start memorizing the story by focusing on learning one phrase at a time. You can use Evelyn’s recording of slower pronunciation to learn the sounds correctly and then say each phrase faster exactly the way Mike does. After you learn a phrase, add the next phrase and keep adding phrases until you’ve got the whole story memorized. Practice many times to match Mike’s musical speech style and rhythm. Use Evelyn’s recording only for reference to learn pronunciation--remember the challenge is to “talk like Mike” so his recording is the example to follow.