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 (ə-lo͞ot′, ăl′ē-o͞ot′)
n. pl. Aleut or A·leuts
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and coastal areas of southwest Alaska. The Aleut are related culturally and linguistically to the Eskimo.
2. Either or both of the two languages of the Aleut. See Usage Note at Native American.

[Russian, from Alut, a village on Kamchatka inhabited by the Alutor, a people speaking a language related to Chukchi and traditionally practicing whale-hunting (the Russians later extending their name for this people to the Aleut, who practice a similar lifestyle) .]
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(æˈluːt; ˈæliːˌʊt)
1. (Peoples) a member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and SW Alaska, related to the Inuit
2. (Languages) the language of this people, related to Inuktitut
[from Russian aleút, probably of Chukchi origin]
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(əˈlut, ˈæl iˌut)

n., pl. Al•euts, (esp. collectively) Al•eut.
1. a member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and the W Alaska Peninsula.
2. the language of the Aleuts, akin to the Eskimo languages.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Aleut - a member of the people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and southwestern AlaskaAleut - a member of the people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
2.Aleut - a community of Native Americans who speak an Eskimo-Aleut language and inhabit the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska; "the Aleut and the Eskimo are related culturally and linguistically"
community - a group of people living in a particular local area; "the team is drawn from all parts of the community"
Aleutian Islands, Aleutians - an archipelago in the North Pacific extending southwest from Alaska
3.Aleut - the language spoken by the Aleut
Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo-Aleut language - the family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
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Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, performed CT scans on 130 mummies from ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Peru, as well as those of Native Americans in the Southwest and the Unangan people of the Aleutian Islands.
Synopsis: In the pages of "Wisdom Keeper: One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People", Ilarion Merculieff weaves the remarkable strands of his life and culture into a fascinating account that begins with his traditional Unangan (Aleut) upbringing on a remote island in the Bering Sea, through his immersion in both the Russian Orthodox Church and his tribe's holistic spiritual beliefs.
"It also weaves in what happens to the native Aleutians--who call themselves Unangan, or 'original people'--forced by the U.S military into internment camps....
The individuals were from ancient Egypt, ancient Peru, the Ancestral Puebloans of southwest America and the Unangan of the Aluetian Islands.
Most Paleo-Aleuts were recovered from Chaluka midden as inhumations, whereas Neo-Aleuts were interred in burial caves as mummified remains, in accord with their tradition: "[t]he Unangan [Neo-Aleuts] preserved all deceased members of their community from new-born to elderly and of both sexes" (Frohlich and Laughlin, 2002:92).
Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Marine Mammals Management Office in Anchorage, monitoring sea otters (Enhydra lutris) and other marine mammals around the Near Islands and other Aleutian Islands might not be possible without support from the Alaska Maritime Refuge's research vessel, the M/V Tiglax (pronounced (TEKH-lah--the Unangan or Aleut word for eagle).
Center manager Janis Krukoff of the Ounalashka Corporation added, "The goal is to educate and preserve knowledge of the Aleutian Campaign and its effects on the Unangan [natives of the Aleutians] people."
These mummies, curled in the fetal position, bear testimony to a sophisticated, 9,000-year old Unangan culture that once thrived there.
Having mastered Unangan Aleut, he and a local chief, Ivan Pan'kov, translated the gospel of St Matthew, a Bible storybook and a short catechism into Unangan.