Village Profile

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Lik, in Central Yup’ik

Lucy Sparck

We learn important lessons from our parents, values that shape who we become. We can often look at successful people and trace their determined spirit to the family members who shaped their lives. The triplet girls of Lucy Sparck and her late husband, Harold must be using their abilities they got from their parents and grandparents on both sides to forge a business (ArXotica) and keep it going despite hardships.

“You learn from parents and grandparents at an early age to carry respect and responsibility and duty. These kind of values have to be taught at an early age, and consistently repeated throughout the children’s developmental years,” said Lucy.

Lucy raised five children, who now have families of their own. “They themselves are aware of respecting and responsibility and they teach it to their children.”

Utuan (Lucy Sparck) was born in Qissunaq and grew up in Chevak. After graduating from St. Marys Catholic High School she went on to college and graduated from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio with a bachelors in Education. Dillingham City School was her first teaching assignment.

“The teachers were terrific there, so were the students, they were eager to learn,” said
Lucy. “I had a very good experience there.”

She went back to college to get her Master of Social Work from University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She went back to Alaska to work in Bethel as a social worker. She worked for the State of Alaska for several years in supervisory and social work positions. She also taught classes at Kuskokwim College.

According to Lucy, she “flunked” retirement and went back to work at the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) as the director of Kinglianga Ciunerkaat (KC), a program aimed primarily at addressing alcohol related problems in these villages.

“My premise for this program was not to go into the villages to solve their problems for them as I was not from those villages. When villages will identify their own problems and make plans and execute the plan themselves they would do a much better job than an outside agency who comes to them with a blue print of plans they made for the village.”

Today, Lucy focuses on conducting workshops and is working on getting her book published. The book deals with Nutemllaat, the tried and universal principles of the Yupiit/Cupiit cultural teaching of conduct, whose enormous content are taught through the likes of Pisquutet that spell out well thought out guidelines for behavior in different situations. The inerqutet are also connected to good reasoning where you learn to avoid negative behaviors. There are other tools besides these two.

Lucy says she is passionate about the Yup’ik/Cup’ik culture and hopes that future generations stay connected. You do this by knowing your culture.

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