English-Eskimo and Eskimo-English Vocabularies (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1890 - Eskimo languages - 72 pages
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Page 9 - The Kavea country is almost depopulated owing to the scarcity of game which has been killed or driven away. » • » The coast tribes between Point Hope and Point Barrow have been cut down in population so as to be almost obliterated.
Page 27 - Lordships must expressly reserve their right to determine the status of any Officer according to the actual circumstances of the case, independently of any entry in the Navy List. By Command of their Lordships, CONTENTS.
Page 15 - Generally their beard is very scant, and most of them devote otherwise idle hours to pulling out the hairs. All have good teeth, but they are subjected to severe usage, being used for pinchers, vises, and fluting-machines. The teeth are employed in drawing bolts, untying knots, holding the mouth-piece of a drill, shaping boot-soles, stretching and tanning skins. When they become uneven from hard usage they are leveled off with a file or whetstone. A woman at the age of forty who has done her share...
Page 25 - Lapland larkspur are caught with tiny nooses made of wiialebone thread. Little auks, puffins, and crow-bills are caught with nets suspended over cliffs. Ducks, geese, and brants are brought to the ground by means of ivory or bone balls tied together with sinew thread, thrown into flocks, where they wind around the necks of the birds.
Page 24 - ... souls, that spirits return in animals, winds, rocks, ice and water, that they are evil, angry or good, as the elements may be favorable or unfavorable, and that they can be appeased by hoodoo rites if the performer is sufficiently versed in occult sciences.
Page 15 - Then there is the tall, strongly knit type of the Nooatoks, a gigantic race, of a splendid physique that would be remarkable in any part of the world. Rugged as the mountains among which they live, vigorous and courageous, they stop at nothing but the impossible to accomplish a desired end. Their food supply is the reindeer, mountain sheep, ptarmigans, and fish. There are many of the coast natives of this type, but they lack the healthy glow and the indomitable will of the Nooatoks. The third type...
Page 28 - This volume gives 711 words and 307 phrases, as used by the Eskimo at Point Barrow. Perhaps the most important contribution to the Eskimo language is in process of preparation by LM Turner, in his observations made in 1882-1884, and will b'e published in connection with the Signal Service of the US Army. It will contain a vocabulary of the...
Page 37 - Leak Lean person •Leaning Leap Leather Leave Leer Left Leg Lend Let go Let go Level Lever Lever Lick Lie Lie, I Lie, you Lie, not Lie down Lie down to sleep Lift Lift me Light Light weight •Light, very Light, very Light, very Lightning Limb Limber Limp...
Page 25 - They are speared first and then lanced. (4) Whales. — Striking them with spears to which 20 fathoms of walrus line is attached, with three seal-skin pokes or air-bags tied to it. These pokes keep the whale from sinking while the natives get around it with their boats, lance and worry it to death. (5) Birds. — Ptarmigans are caught with little nooses set among dwarf willows and with nets staked down into the snow, into which they are driven. Lapland larkspur are caught with tiny nooses made of...
Page 27 - ... the large number of printed reports of Arctic explorations, which contain a partial list of words and phrases ; and the fact that there is not a single comprehensive English-Eskimo vocabulary in print, and accessible to teachers and others, among the Alaskan Eskimos. Among the most important in the past arc — Dr. Benjamin S. Barton's Vocabulary of the Greenlanders (from C'ranz). 8 vo; pages, 132.

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