The commenter said Dodson is not a full-blooded member of any tribe and is in fact one-quarter Aleut, not Inuit.
John complied, presently stooping down to examine the cord with which the Aleut had been confined.
It isn't English and it doesn't sound like Aleut or Russian.
It opened, and the swarthy face of the Aleut chief peered in.
These things were language that even an Aleut could understand.
To the surprise of all the Aleut actually smiled, as though in pleasure at hearing his own tongue.
They all fell to work now, the boys at one of the cubs and the Aleut at the other.
After this the Aleut turned toward the dory, and hauled out something which the boys had not noticed before.
The young Aleut was awake also, but he smiled as he sat up on the blankets.
The Aleut boy did not at first reply, because he did not know how to do so.
native of the Aleutian Islands, 1780, of unknown origin, probably from a native word. First applied by Russian explorers c.1750, perhaps from Alut, name of a coastal village in Kamchatka [Bright]. Their name for themselves is unangax.