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ERIC Number: ED127257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Atkan Historical Traditions: Told in 1952 by Cedor L. Snigaroff. [The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century, Social Studies Unit,] Book VI.
Bergsland, Knut, Ed.
A historical narrative relates Atkan traditions as experienced and recalled by an Atkan native who lived from 1890 to 1965. The narrative was recorded in 1952 and translated and transcribed with the help of his daughter. In this booklet, the Atkan dialect is printed on the left-hand pages, and the translation appears opposite on the right-hand pages. The narrative is divided into three parts. "Life in the Russian Period" discusses food-gathering expeditions, storage of food and other goods in a communal house built solely for that purpose, and limited interaction with the "Russian Company" which encouraged the Aleuts to grow potatoes as food to supplement their native diet. Comparisons are made between conditions under Russian and American rule in "The End of the Russian Rule and the Coming of the Americans." Americans provided food, guns, and ammunition to the natives. Woven clothing replaced birdskin garments. Sea otter became extinct in 1910 because Americans placed no limit on the number that could be killed in one year; thus, fox became the focus of the hunt. The relationship between Atkans and Eastern Aleuts is described in "The Ancient Life." Originally friendly relations due to intermarriage deteriorated, and many battles are described vividly. The narrative is to be used as part of the social studies unit, The Aleuts of the Eighteenth Century. (AV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Junior High School Students, Narration, Native Speakers, Primary Sources, Reading Materials, Social History, Social Influences, Social Studies, 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.