In Sitka, that legacy endured, with the native Tlingit
tribe mixing and living alongside the original Russian community, albeit after a decidedly acrimonious beginning back in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
National Park Service, to interview Yakutat Tlingit
Tribal Elders regarding their knowledge of belugas.
credit Muir for his strength as a speaker and peacemaker, they dispute his worship of the wild.
The Russians had steadily decimated the sea otter population in the Aleutians, the Kodiak, and Gulf areas of Alaska and finally began to make a push to Southeast Alaska, the ancestral home of the Tlingit
people and an area teeming with sea otters--the low hanging fruit of Russian economic interest.
Although early photographic portrayals suggested that the Tlingits
were primitive and superstitious, the balance of the photographic record seems relatively benign, implying that the Tlingits
were somehow superior to Native Americans in the rest of North America because of their impressive clan houses, permanent villages, monumental carved art, and carefully crafted and decorated sea-going canoes: "The impulse to demonize the Tlingit
through photography, ...
Each port of call with Silver Shadow has a history of its own, from Russian influences to the Gold Rush days; from the original landowners the Tlingit
Indians to the development of the salmon industry.
Fire and Water revolves around two embattled camps, one led by a Tlingit
warrior, the other by a charming and ambitious Russian captain.
Translated into the Tlingit
language by Jonny Marks.
"As long as the Tlingits
are included and their rights are
For centuries, the Tlingit
(CLINK-it) Indians of Southeastern Alaska believed that the salmon teeming in their waters belonged to a sacred race of people.
A symbol of great prestige in the nineteenth century, the Chilkat blanket was an important part of a chief's ceremonial dress in the Tlingit
and neighboring tribes of the Alaskan roast The dance blanket, called nakheen (fringe about the body) by the Tlingit
, was an indicator of rank and wealth.
While some British Columbia First Nations are hailing the victory of the Taku River Tlingit
in the B.C.
In her translations of Tlingit
oral literature, which she and her husband Richard Dauenhauer have edited in three volumes published by the University of Washington Press -- a fourth is in preparation -- Nora Marks Dauenhauer has earned the gratitude not only of her fellow Tlingits
but of everyone who cares about the preservation of traditional tribal literatures.
The cast grew to three hundred, representing many tribes, including Seminoles, Tlingits
, Haidas, Dakotas, and Cherokees.
"I came to Sitka as a schoolboy, when there were mostly Tlingits
here," he recalls.