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. * Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language. * Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.