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ERIC Number: ED127256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Selections from Aleut Folklore: The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century, Social Studies Unit, Book V.
Partnow, Patricia H., Ed.
Three short stories and one song are to be used as part of the social studies unit, The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century, to give an idea of the nature and uses of Aleutian folklore. Most have simple plots and teach something about proper behavior. "A Sparrow Story," told by an Aleut woman who lived in Unalaska, relates the story of an unfaithful husband whose wife learns of his wrongdoing from a sparrow. The wife kills both the husband and his lover, then dies from worrying and thinking about her husband. "There Once Live a Man" tells of a man whose wife goes to the chief's house while the man is away. When he returns and learns of this, he beheads the chief and his own wife, hangs the heads on the chief's boat stand, and keeps such a long vigil that his birdskin coat rots. Finally, he weeps remorsefully. "Chuning, the Ancestress of the Attuans" describes the history of the Attu people. The woman Chuning survives an attack by men from the east and is found later by other men from an eastern island. She has a child by them, but dies before it grows up. Because of this, the original Attu language is lost. "A Song of the Atkan Aleut" tells of a young man's unsuccessful attempt to hunt a sea lion. The Aleut version and word-for-word translations are included. (AV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Folk Culture, Junior High School Students, Lyric Poetry, Reading Materials, Short Stories, Social Studies, Tales, Translation, 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.