ERIC Number: ED127251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Strangers, the Aleut Side: The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century, Social Studies Unit, Book Ia.
Partnow, Patricia H.
In this story, a young Aleutian man relates his impressions about the arrival of the first Russian explorers on the Aleutian Islands in the 18th century. The story is to be used as part of the social studies unit, The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century, to show the Aleutian perspective on the event. The narrator tells of the arrival of a strange boat, consultation of the Aleuts' shaman for instructions about how to act toward the strangers, face-to-face contact and exchange of gifts, misinterpretation of muskets as gifts, and an ensuing struggle which results in an Aleut being wounded and the strangers' departure. Throughout the story references are made to Aleutian customs, such as the posting of a lookout for whales and enemies while others prepare food for winter storage. Many pictures illustrate the events. Aleutian-language words are used where appropriate in the story. A glossary provides definitions of those terms and English words which may be unfamiliar to intermediate and junior-high school students. (AV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, History, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Language Arts, Reading Materials, Social Studies, Story Reading, Units of Study
Indian Education Program, Anchorage School District, 4600 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99504 (free until supply is depleted)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Native Education Board, Inc., Anchorage.