Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602230101 Published February 2008
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781602230231 Published February 2009

Alutiiq Villages under Russian and U.S. Rule

Sonja Luehrmann

Sonja Luehrmann

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

220 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2008
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602230101 Published February 2008
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781602230231 Published February 2009
Sonja Luehrmann’s volume examines Alutiiq history within the larger context of Russian and American expansionism. The author uses source material in both English and Russian in order to create a work focused on the intersection of the two colonial perspectives—throwing light on our understanding of the differences in the way each society incorporated the Alutiiq community, both as a labor force and a social entity. In a series of map essays, Luehrmann examines the changing patterns of settlement and demography among the Alutiiq as the population responded to the conditions they encountered: economic exploitation, new cultural influences, intermarriage, disease, and the eruption of Novarupta. The addition of Russian source material fills an important blank in this unique history and makes Alutiiq Villages Under Russian and U.S. Rule a major resource for anyone working on Alutiiq history or the region’s history in the Russian colonial period.
A Note on Citation, Transliteration, and Translations
1.   Masks and Matrioshkas: Memorabilia from Alutiiq Historiography
      Whose Colorful Past Is It?
      North American Historiography: East of the Cold War Border
      Views From Across the Bering Strait
      Placing Village Histories in Context: Nuchek and Geography
      Villages and Communities
2.   Village Locations and Colonial History: Map Essays
      Map 1. Kodiak Island in 1805: Center of a Periphery
      Map 2. Kodiak Island in 1830: Records to Supplement the Maps
      Map 3. The Alutiiq Region in 1850: A Wider Picture
      Map 4. Kodiak Island in 1850: After the Epidemic
      Map 5. The Alutiiq Region in 1895: Competitive Fur Trade and Canneries
      Map 6. The Alutiiq Region in 1930: After an Eruption and an Epidemic
3.   Riddles of Colonial Rule: Fur Hunting for the Russians
      Alutiiq Labor under the RAC
      Alutiiq Society and the Power of the RAC
      Legal and Practical Changes
      Managing Labor Resources, Reorganizing Settlements
      Separate Tasks for Separated People
4.   From Mainstay to Auxiliary: Alutiiq Labor after the Sale of Alaska
      The ACC and Its Rivals: Competitive Fur Trade
      Canneries: A New Ethnic Division of Labor
      Dispossessed Politics
5.   Paper Villages: Statistical Categories and Social Life
      Feudal and Racial Hierarchies: The Life of Legal Categories
      Social Distinction and Biology: Evolving Ideas
      Education: Bone of Contention
      Statistics, Family, and Gender
      Multiracial Society and Its Loose Endings
Conclusion: Contrast or Sequence?
Appendix: Selected Population Figures from Russian Orthodox Church and U.S. Census Sources
       Kodiak Parish from the Clerical Registers, 1843-1895
       Kodiak and Afognak Parishes, 1912/1910
       Prince William Sound/Kenai Area, 1858-1910
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