ERIC Number: ED173038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Villagers on the Aleutian island of Akutan must share their island with a volcano, an active, smoking one that soils clothes hanging on the clothesline and in winter blackens the snow. Winters are particularly hard on the island. Strong winds blow and as ice clogs the creek the town's electric supply is cut off in February and March. Akutan is a long village, located near a bay, and it contains 20 houses, a small village store, and a 12-student school. Twice a year a priest comes to Akutan's church. In the summer a crab processing ship comes and everyone from the village works on the ship for the three months of its stay. Akutan has no airport, but at least once a week a sea plane brings mail and freight; a mail boat also sails from Kodiak. There are no telephones on Akutan; outside communication is by radio. Hunting on the island is limited to birds: ducks, geese, and ptarmigan. At one time there were many fish around Akutan, but now very few remain. This scenario of life on Akutan is printed in both Eastern Aleut and English and is intended for use in bilingual instruction. It is printed in large type, illustrated, and written in simple words. The twenty short happenings are related by a lifelong resident of the village. They include descriptions of physical features of the area as well as aspects of the life style of its inhabitants. (DS)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Bilingual Education, Books, Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Elementary Education, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Local History
National Bilingual Materials Development Center, Rural Educational Affairs, University of Alaska, 2223 Spenard Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 ($1.50, limited supply)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage. National Bilingual Materials Development Center.
Identifiers: Alaska (Akutan Island); Aleut (Eastern); Aleut (Tribe); Oral Tradition
Note: Prepared in Eastern Aleut by Olga Mensoff and Moses Dirks