My [Iñupiaq] name is Agnauraq.
My family names are Segavan and Negovanna.
Mamaga Agnuk ulġuiniġmiu.
My mom is Agnuk, she is from Ulġuniq (Wainwright, AK).
Aapaga Saulaaq ulġuiniġmiu.
My aapa (grandfather) is Saulaaq, he is from Ulġuniq (Wainwright, AK).
Aakaga Etook ulġuiniġmi.
My aaka (grandmother) is Etook, she is from Ulġuniq (Wainwright, AK).
About Iñupiaq introduction and names:
Traditional Iñupiat introductions are done in Iñupiaq and then in English, including who your family is and where they are from. This practice is seen across indigenous communities, allowing for others to know and understand your cultural ties while also showing respect for your family, your people, and your cultural values.
Iñupiaq names are traditionally given to a newborn or young child and that has belonged to a family member that has recently passed away, allowing for the child and their personality to be "protected" by their family member until the name is theirs. I have three Iñupiaq names that belonged to my late amao (great grandmother) Rosie - Agnauraq, Kignaq, and Sikiagruk but I am known primarily by Agnauraq.
More about the artist:
Tristan Agnauraq Morgan is a contemporary Iñupiaq artist based out of Anchorage, Alaska who works primarily in watercolor and oil paints. As a mixed Iñupiaq Alaska Native womxn, Agnauraq pulls from their unique outlook on life to create culturally contemporary pieces that discuss important dialogue surrounding indigenous issues as well as celebrate identity and inclusion. Agnauraq's work relies heavily on Iñupiaq values and how fostering communication across communities play into our diverse communities.
For more information on community involvement, publications, and exhibitions, please see the "Artist CV” page.