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n. pl. Yupik or Yu·piks
1. A member of a group of Eskimoan peoples inhabiting the southwest coastal areas of Alaska and extreme northeastern Siberia, particularly the central part of this range.
a. The family of languages spoken by the Yupik.
b. Any of the languages spoken by the Yupik. See Usage Notes at Eskimo, Inuit.

[Yupik Yup'ik, real person : yuk, human being + -pik, real.]

Yu′pik adj.
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1. (Peoples) an aboriginal people of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and E Siberia
2. (Languages) any of the languages of this people
3. (Peoples) of or relating to the Yupik people or their languages. Compare Inuit, Inuktitut
4. (Languages) of or relating to the Yupik people or their languages. Compare Inuit, Inuktitut
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(ˈyu pɪk)

1. a member of any of several Eskimo groups inhabiting SW Alaska, adjacent parts of Siberia, and a number of islands in the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean.
2. the group of Eskimo languages spoken by these people.
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A family rides a quad bike at the Yupik Eskimo village of Quinhagak on the Yukon Delta in Alaska on April 12, 2019.
In Alaska, Yup'ik/Cup'ik community members have collaborated with psychiatric researchers, Stacey Rasmus and Jim Allen, to design the Qungasvik project that uses intergenerational cultural activities and the qasgiq (communal house) model to prevent suicide and alcohol abuse among Yupik youth (Rasmus et al.
From cattle farmers in Chad to the Yupik people who fish Alaska's west coast, the people most affected by climate change are generally those who are least equipped to deal with it due to poverty and a lack of political representation.
As a correspondent for NPR 10 years ago, I did a story on Newtok, a remote Yupik community in northwest Alaska that was both sinking and eroding because of the effects of global warming.
It's rumored, fairly accurately, it turns out, that there are about 50 words for snow in Eskimo languages (Inuit and Yupik) and roughly the same in Icelandic (part of the Germanic language family).
We therefore undertook a study that combines analysis of eight years of ice observations by Inupiaq and Yupik experts with field visits to gather traditional knowledge and local observations of slush and slush-ice berm formation in three communities: Shishmaref, Shaktoolik, and Gambell.
I traveled to the Arctic Circle and had the privilege of being greeted by these Alaska-native Eskimos of the Inupiat and Yupik tribes.
In Alaska it is Yupik, In Nevada it is Tagalog (spoken by Filipinos), while Vietnamese is the third most popular language in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.
Alaska Natives in the north (Inupiat) have extremely high rates, but those in other areas/tribes (Aleut, Haida, Tsimshian, etc.) actually have rates about the same as the non-Native rates; Yupik Eskimos in western Alaska are in the middle.
The available literature on the etiology of anaemia among Inuit Peoples, defined as "the Inupiat (Alaska), Yupik (Alaska), Inuit, Inuvialuit (Canada), Kalaallit (Greenland), and Yupik (Russia)" in the charter of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, is limited.