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New angle possibly

In my research I came across a thing that so fascinates me that I want to make it my feature!

The Last of our Kind

I am not sure of the exact timelines yet but sometime in the 1800's a group of Aleuts from Attu Island were relocated to a previously uninhabited island in Russia to fish and whale. From what I heard so far that they believed for a very long time that they were the last of their kind alive. I believe there were 2 islands close to each other like this. Again, I am not sure of when the reuniting of the cultures happened but think it was relatively recently...

It just boggles my mind what that must have felt like! To be the last of your kind, to be responsible for keeping all of your customs and traditions alive while adapting to your new lifestyle. Wow, it just makes me wish I could go back in time and interview them personally! From what I learned so far they met the Aleutian Aleuts and I want to write about this, if I can get enough material to write up a feature!

I contacted the group I was pointed to just today so hopefully I can gather enough material and meet any if there are in town or maybe email back and forth so I can write it up.

But wow, it just fascinates me what that must have felt like. To believe that you were the very last of your kind left in the world! I mean, it is something that anyone can imagine about their own culture and what would you hold and value and try to keep alive?!

It fascinates me since I am on a quest to lean my roots and cultural customs, values and language myself. I try to picture what it felt like to be the last of your tribe and how they managed to keep it alive speaks to me of our strong spirit...

Wish me luck!



Maria de Chirikof's picture


One thing that kind of tickles me is how I read and posted in my profile about Aleut values:

Aleut Values

* The way of our beginning are our ancestors
* Respect and be aware of the Creator in all living things
* Know your family tree relations and people’s history
* Live with and respect the land, sea and all nature
* Always learn and maintain a balance
* Our Language defines who we are and lets us Communicate with one another

And how that first thing listed if "The way of our beginning are our ancestors" since that is something I come across a lot when emailing with people is the questions 'Who are you? Where are you from? Whose your family?" on the Aleut_L lists and people respond that is one of the first things they want to know. When I first read that list of values I hadn't really thought much about it, what it means to know your roots like that. Is that true in your cultures as well? I always pictured it as an interesting hobby like that genealogy thing that some people like to do but I can take it or leave it. I guess "family" is a strong link and one I will need to work on more, I guess...



Nusrat Ara's picture

You have caught my interest.

You have caught my interest. I am looking forward to know more.

Best wishes


Gemma's picture

This is going to be a great feature


This is a wonderful idea and your enthusiasm is evident. I am looking forward to seeing the drafts. I am eager to know if you will get a positive and helpful response from the group.

On a personal note, I am very interested in knowing what you discover about how this group preserved their culture and what they deemed important. As the mother of adopted children from Africa, I struggle with balancing the culture surrounding my children now and the one they left behind. Also, I have had a few African Americans express anger towards me for trying to raise African children (of course they do not understand the blight of my girls if they had stayed in Liberia). There are many interesting ways in which this story might develop and I believe it will be valuable for you to write this story.



busayo's picture

Wonderful feature

Hi Maria,
I am sure by the time you put your ideas and findings together, this is going to be a wonderful feature. We are waiting for
your draft soonest.

With love

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dear Maria,

I have a keen interest to know about other others so I will suggest you to write about the culture, Positive and negative sides of culture, what do youth think about the culture and so on.

I cannot wait to read your post.
You are on the way, keep it up

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Milka86's picture

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