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Episode 14 - Indigenous Peoples and Russian America

Updated: Apr 6

This episode steps back to the 1700s to look at the experience of Indigenous peoples as the first Europeans -- the Russians -- arrived in Alaska. Originally this was going to be a short section of our upcoming episode on Indigenous peoples and the gold rush but, as anyone who's been to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau will know, the deep and often troubling story of Indigenous-Russian relations is critical to understanding the impact of the stampede on Alaska and the Yukon.

In recent years, new accounts and history books have shed dramatic new light on the period from Indigenous points of view. We have links to a few of them below and we encourage you to check them out.

Book: Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804.


Sources, maps & reading