Alaska’s Native People Meet the Russian Orthodox Church

In the village of Eklutna, we found a vivid reminder of a clash of two cultures nearly 250 years ago.

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This sign welcomed us to the cemetery. Photo by the author.
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Dena’ina Chief Stephan of Knik is shown wearing a ground squirrel parka, headdress, and dentalium shell (k’enq’ena) bandolier in this late nineteenth-century photograph. The dentalium shells and headdress are symbols of Chief Stephan’s status as a qeshqa, a leader. Photo: Louis Weeks Collection, Anchorage Museum.
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Georgii Shelikhov was a dominant Russian fur trader in 18th-century.
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This 1907 postcard shows neighboring Ahtna Native Alaskans whose ancestors also encountered Russian traders.
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Buddy Walters was remembered by loved ones at a potlatch ceremony held after his death. Photo by the author.
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Uncle Max, Giggles and Jesus saves, just three of the messages to comfort the departed in the spirit world. Photo by the author.
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