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Aleut Culture and History (Unangan)

As a complement to our Aleut language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Aleut tribe and their society.

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Please note that Aleuts and other indigenous Americans are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Aleut history is interesting and important, but the Aleuts are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as early museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Aleut Websites

Aleut Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Aleut language.
Aleut Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Aleut culture.
Aleut Stories:
    Collection of Aleut legends and folktales.

Aleut Tribal and Community Websites

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association:
    Homepage of the tribal government of the Aleut Native villages.
The Aleut Corporation:
    Homepage of the Alaska Native Regional Corporation that manages services to the Aleuts.
The Aleut Foundation:
    Nonprofit organization supporting Aleut educational and cultural programs.

Books For Sale On The Aleuts
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Aleut Tales and Narratives:
    Excellent bilingual collection of traditional Aleut stories and oral history.
Aleut Identities: Tradition and Modernity in an Indigenous Fishery:
    A good book on Aleut life and culture today.
Ethnology of the Aleuts * Ancient Peoples and Places: The Eskimos and Aleuts:
    History and archaeology of the Inuit and Aleut people and their ancestors.
Aleut and Eskimo Art: * Aleut Art:
    Books on Inuit and Aleut art.
The Aleut Internments of World War II * Aleutian Sparrow * When the Wind Was a River:
    Interesting books about the displacement of the Aleut people during World War II.
The Great Eagle Spirit:
    Children's book about an Aleut boy learning about his heritage.
Aleut Dictionary * Aleut Grammar: * Comparative Eskimo Dictionary with Aleut Cognates:
    Aleut language books for sale online.
Baidarka: The Kayak * The Aleutian Kayak:
    Two books about Aleut baidarka kayaks.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Maps of Aleut Lands

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska:
    Map showing the location of the Unangax and other Alaska Native tribes.

Aleut Lifestyle and Tradition

Unangan/Aleut Tribe
    Historical and cultural overview of the Aleuts.
Aleut Native Americans:
    History of the Aleut people.
Red Book: The Aleuts:
    Ethnography of the Aleut tribes in Russia and America.
Aleut/Eskimo Paddle Making:
    Website about traditional Aleut and Inuit wooden kayak paddles.
Tattooing and Piercing Among the Alaskan Aleut:
    Article on the tattoo traditions of the Yupik and Aleut people, with pictures.
Aleut Gender Roles:
    Aleut marriage and childbearing traditions.
Saint Peter the Aleut * Is the St. Peter the Aleut story true? * Martyr Peter the Aleut:
    Websites about the Orthodox saint Peter the Aleut (he was actually an Alutiiq, but of spiritual
    significance to all Russian Orthodox Alaska Natives)

Aleut Art and Literature

Arctic Circle: Alvin Amason:
    Website of an Aleut artist.
Alaska Carving Arts:
    Inuit and Aleut carvings of ivory, bone and wood for sale from a Native Alaskan arts organization.
Aleut Authors:
    Aleut Indian writers, their lives and work.
First Nations Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Aleut and other native art.
The Atka Dancers:
    Recordings of traditional Unangax songs and dance.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Aleut * Britannica: Aleut People * The Aleuts of Russia:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Aleuts.
  Aleuts: * Aleuti:
  Information about the Aleut people in Russian.
   Pueblo Aleutiano:
   Information about the Aleut nation in Spanish.
  Aleut Indians * Aleutians:
  Native Aleut links.

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