- A branch of the Esquimauan family living in the Aleutian Islands and
on the north side of the Alaska Peninsula west of the Ugashik River.
While they differ in appearance and language from the Eskimo, authorities
have determined that they are part of the Eskimo family. They furnished
the name for Aleutian Islands, and from their language is derived the word
Alaska. In the early days before the Russians took possession of
the islands, they were densely populated. Fish and sea mammals abounded
off their coasts and furnished one of the best food supplies of that region.
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