The decision maker turned out to be a gray-haired Cossack ataman, or commander, in a traditional sheepskin hat.
“ataman” or “hetman” is also the name of the elected elder of the stanitsa, the unit of Cossack administration.
In a moment we found ourselves surrounded by them, while a path in front was stopped by the ataman.
If he is successful he takes the ataman place, and holds it until some one else dislodges him.
If I had not entered into conversation with the ataman, we should have been riddled with balls at the first movement.
ataman Semianoff had for some time been kept by the Japanese in reserve for such an occasion.
The son of the head man of our village (the ataman), took his place next to him with a harmonica.
They live there in dirty little cabins and underground caves, a close community with its ataman and common funds.
The title of “ataman” or “hetman of all the Cossacks” is held by the Cesarevitch.
The common saying, "Bear patiently, Cossack; you will one day be ataman!"