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Modern Day Culture and Adaptations of the Aleuts

modern day culture and adaptations of the Aleuts

Olivia Wiggin

on 24 September 2012

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Transcript of Modern Day Culture and Adaptations of the Aleuts

Modern Day culture and Adaptations of the Aleuts The tradition house of an Aleut was called a barabara. Barabaras were oblong pit dwellings with wooden or whale bone frames and rafters overlain by grass and sod, much like the one in the picture. Barabaras were normally entered by means of a pole ladder through and entry way in the ceiling. Now, of course they live in everyday modern houses. HOUSES The most important animal to the Aleuts was the Steller sea lion. Some other animals were sea otters and whales which together with the sea lion comprised about 50% of the diet. Bottom fish such as halibut and cod comprised about one-third of the diet. Today, some still may maintain similar diets as this but they have taken in other varieties of food as well. FOOD AND DIET Traditional Aleut House Clothing Matrilineal descent and inheritance characterized Aleut kinship patterns. Although a house was owned by a woman, usually her brother and their wives were the primary occupants. A recognized leader of the house, usually the eldest male, made most decisions for the group. Now, anyone in the family can own a home and run the household, letting whoever they wish live there. Also, Aleuts used to have dances called pow-wows, which are still occasionally held today. SOCIAL ORGANIZATION Th Throughout the years, the Aleuts have to learned to adapt to modern society. Aleut women used to construct clothing from strips of sea lion intestine, fur, and flippers. Clothes were also made from tufted puffins. Now, although traditional clothing is still sometimes constructed at home, the Aleuts can buy clothing from a store or market just like anyone else. In this Prezi, are some examples.
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