Aleut, Eastern in Russia

Aleut, Eastern
Photo Source:  Anonymous 
Map Source:  Peoples of the Red Book
People Name: Aleut, Eastern
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 400
World Population: 2,800
Primary Language: Aleut
Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.60 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Ural-Siberian
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Eastern Aleuts prefer to be called Unangan, but when Russian fur traders first encountered them in the 1700s, they called them Aleut. When the Russian Empire sold Alaska to the United States in the 1867, there were indigenous peoples who were now living on either side of an international border since their Aleutian Island chain straddled both countries. Traditionally they were hunters. The Russians treated them the same way they treated serfs except that they were expected to provide furs rather than produce for their masters.

What Are Their Lives Like?

By the late 20th century, the Aleut people were able to start bringing back their traditional ways. This included their subsistence hunting economy and food gathering. Once again, they began to do their crafts and speak their ancient language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally these people worshipped various spiritual forces that they believed could benefit them. They called upon shamans to interface with the spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

Eastern Aleuts need the chance to earn a living in something more sustainable than fishing and hunting. They also need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Eastern Aleuts will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.

Text Source:   Joshua Project