Rathburn, Robert Richard. The Russian Orthodox Church as a native institution among the Koniag Eskimo of Kodiak Island, Alaska

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Title: The Russian Orthodox Church as a native institution among the Koniag Eskimo of Kodiak Island, Alaska

Published in: Arctic anthropology -- Vol. 18, no. 1

Published By: Arctic anthropology -- Vol. 18, no. 1 [Madison]: University of Wisconsin Press, 1981. 12-22 p.

By line: Robert R. Rathburn

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Alutiiq (NA10)

Subjects: Composition of population (162); External migration (167); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Artificial kin relationships (608); Sacred objects and places (778); Priesthood (793); Congregations (794); Religious denominations (795); Missions (797);

Abstract: This paper contends that through the process of selective assimilation the Russian Orthodox Church has become a native institution for the Koniag Eskimo of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The use of Koniags as clergy, the use of the native language for liturgical purposes, the identification of native Alaskans as saints and martyrs, the establishment of a Church kindred through the practice of Orthodox godparenthood; and the isolation of the native villages have all combined to form this unique institution. While many of the remarks made in this paper may apply to other Orthodox native communities special attention is given the village of Ouzinkie, Spruce Island, Alaska (p. 12).

Document Number: 30

Document ID: na10-030

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 21-22)

Field Date: May-August 1977

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: 1763-1977

Coverage Place: Koniag Eskimos, Village of Ouzinkie, Kodiak Island, Alaska, United States

LCSH: Koniagmiut Eskimos

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