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Whistling to Communicate in Alaska

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Whistling to Communicate in Alaska

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Whistling to Communicate in Alaska

Whistling to Communicate in Alaska

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Alaska is home to at least 20 Alaska native languages plus countless individual dialects. It's also home to whistling as dialogue. The Yupik Eskimos and their Russian cousins have long practiced this form of communication. Alaska Public Radio's Gabriel Spitzer reports.