book chapter

Notes on the Islands of the Unalaska District

Russian-American CompanySt. Petersburg • Published In 1840 • Pages:

By: Innokentii, Saint, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, Rossiisko-amerikanskaia kompaniia, Keen, B., Kardinelowska, Assya.

The standard work on the Aleut by a Russian priest assigned to the Unalaska district of the Aleutian Islands. It is an extremely comprehensive work and covers almost all aspects of Aleut culture. The author was highly respected and revered by the people, and in his many years among them, he had an opportunity to learn their language and their way of life. Some bias exists due to the author's role of priest but by and large, his presentation is excellent. The entire volume is included in the Files with the exception of the few sections which deal exclusively with animal life (pp. 349-361; pp. 365-383; pp. 389-394; a set of tables in the unpaginated section at the end of the book. Veniaminov's report on the Aleutian Islands contains three separately paginated volumes. Volume I deals primarily with geography and at the time of the reproduction of Volume II, it had not been translated for the Files. Volume III deals with the Athin Aleuts and is included in the Files as source 65.
Culture summary
HRAF PubDate
North America
Sub Region
Arctic and Subarctic
Document Type
book chapter
Creator Type
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Leila S. Small ; 1950-1956
Field Date
Coverage Date
Coverage Place
Unalaska Island, Alaska, United States
Ivan Evsieevich Popov Veniaminov
This document consists of excerpts
Translation of: [Zapiski ob ostravakh Unalashkinskago otdiela]
Parts of this document were translated for the Cross Cultural Survey by B. Keen
Omitted sections were translated for HRAF by Assya Kardinelowska
Pages dealing with Inner Mongolia have been labelled /Communist Period/.
Veniaminov's mission was on Unalaska Island where he spent most of his time observing Aleut life. However he did travel to nearby islands and the Alaskan pennisula, and makes references to Aleut living on the Pribilof Islands, and the islands of Four Mountains, Unimak, Amak, and Umnak; all in the eastern Aleutian district. His history of the missions includes the Alaskan penninsula and Kodiak Island. (I.S., 2005)