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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Elliott, Henry Wood, 1846-1930
Our Arctic province: Alaska and the Seal Islands
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New York: C. Scribner's sons. 1886. xv, 473 p. ill., maps
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by Henry W. Elliott
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2007. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
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Descriptive somatology (142);
Marine hunting (225);
Settlement patterns (361);
Standard of living (511);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Shortly after the purchase of Alaska by the United States,
the Census Bureau sent several men to Alaska to report on the conditions and the
potentialities of the territory. Prominent among these men were Ivan Petroff, who was to
report on all aspects of Alaska and its peoples, and Henry Elliott, a naturalist, whose
point of departure was a study of the seal life of the area. The reports of both men were
published in the Tenth Census (See 41: Elliott and 40: Petroff). Petroff also made a
preliminary report to congress in which he gave valuable ethnographic material (See
ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY. Petroff, Ivan. Population and Resources of Alaska. House of
Representatives, 46th Cong., 3rd Sess., Ex. Doc. No. 40. Washington, 1881). The Aleut
material the present volume is largely a reprint of these earlier reports. Although it is
not so stated, the data on the Pribilov Islands is from Elliott's article in the Tenth
Census and the information on the other islands is almost a reprint of Petroff's report to
Congress with supplementary remarks on Elliott's own observations and experiences. This
document was included and the earlier reports used only for supplementary information. This
source is particularly valuable for the excellent picture of Aleut life in the period of
change from Russian to American influence. Elliott lived on the Pribilov Islands for about
two years and travelled throughout the Aleutian chain. The following material was omitted:
data on Eskimo and Indian groups in Alaska proper; the extensive descriptions of seal life
and of other fauna in the area and a detailed geographic discussion. Except for the
illustrations of seal life and detailed maps of Pribilov Islands, most of the illustrations
are included -- either from this source or from 41: Elliott.
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Natural or Physical Scientist-5
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LSS ; 1950-1956
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Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United
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