Lucien Turner was a pioneering nineteenth-century ethnographer whose study of Aleut communities surpassed the work of all of his contemporaries, and his rare writings are collected here for the first time. Turner's admittedly fragmentary ethnographic notes, which chronicle his complete immersion in three Aleut communities, reveal valuable insights into Aleutian cultures and the outsiders who lived among them in the nineteenth century. Carefully edited by Ray Hudson, "An Aleutian Ethnography" is an essential resource for scholars of American history and history of anthropology alike.
Lucien Turner was a pioneering nineteenth-century ethnographer. Ray Hudson lived in the Aleutian Islands for nearly thirty years. He currently lives in Middlebury, Vermont.