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Ancient Aleut Personal Names, Kadaangim Asangin/Asangis: Materials from the Billings Expedition, 1790-1792

Knut Bergsland

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ISBN 10: 1555000657 / ISBN 13: 9781555000653
Published by U.S.A.: Alaska Native Language Center, 1998
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202 pp., map. back cover is scuffed. The rich tradition of Aleut personal names was beginning to disappear with the introduction of Christian names at about the time Captain Joseph Billings led a major Russian expedition to the Aleutian Islands in 1790-1792. Our knowledge of these ancient Aleut names was vastly increased in 1992 when anthropologist Lydia Black obtained copies of manuscripts from the Russian Naval Archives constituting a kind of census for the Billings Expedition. The census listed by name 1,618 Aleut males from areas through much of the Aleutians, who either paid fur tax to the Russians, did not pay, or were to young to pay. Out of that number of Aleut male,s about 1,510 had different legible Aleut names, all listed by island and village. In this work, linguist Knut Bergsland was able to interpret plausibly 1,140 of these names, which generally have clearly recognizable meanings, and thereby give a very intimate and vivid glimpse of ancient Aleut culture and values. Bergsland was further able to add about 100 men's names from still earlier sources, plus a precious 29 Aleut women's names from a list of marriages and baptisms performed by the Billings Expedition's priest. Bergsland here provides an extensive introduction on the historical background for the list and an analysis of the names by type, then the list of names by island and village, a register of all the names (and words that form parts of names) in alphabetical order, and appendices including names from earlier sources and from folklore. Bookseller Inventory # 1555000657ANLC030716

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Title: Ancient Aleut Personal Names, Kadaangim ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Alaska Native Language Center

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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The rich tradition of Aleut personal names was beginning to disappear with the introduction of Christian names at about the time Captain Joseph Billings led a major Russian expedition to the Aleutian Islands in 1790-1792. Our knowledge of these ancient Aleut names was vastly increased in 1992 when anthropologist Lydia Black obtained copies of manuscripts from the Russian Naval Archives constituting a kind of census for the Billings Expedition. The census listed by name 1,618 Aleut males from areas through much of the Aleutians, who either paid fur tax to the Russians, did not pay, or were to young to pay. Out of that number of Aleut male,s about 1,510 had different legible Aleut names, all listed by island and village.

In this work, linguist Knut Bergsland was able to interpret plausibly 1,140 of these names, which generally have clearly recognizable meanings, and thereby give a very intimate and vivid glimpse of ancient Aleut culture and values. Bergsland was further able to add about 100 men's names from still earlier sources, plus a precious 29 Aleut women's names from a list of marriages and baptisms performed by the Billings Expedition's priest. Bergsland here provides an extensive introduction on the historical background for the list and an analysis of the names by type, then the list of names by island and village, a register of all the names (and words that form parts of names) in alphabetical order, and appendices including names from earlier sources and from folklore.

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