The conversation back home involved more of a story telling approach and became such interesting conversations.
I asked about Alaska’s history. For instance, the transition from Russian territory to U.S. Territory in the early-mid 1860’s. Russians used the territory for fur trading and spread missionaries in regions where indigenous Alaska Native tribes had established their homes thousands of years ago. Eventually Russians put Aluet’s to work hunting for their fur trades which they later put them into slavery. The Russians had a negative impact several tribes, their resources, their lifestyle, and their land. After the impact of the Russian fur trade industry, Sea lions were almost extinct in the 1850s killing over 300,000.
There are several Alaskan Native tribes, which are all usually defined by their language. Some include Iñupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Haida, and so on. They used their resources and developed sophisticated skills to survive in the harsh environment. They had skills in fishing, hunting, and gathering edible plants. From using bones for tools, stone for knives/spears, and hide for clothing and shelter. They ate food from large game, fish, to berries and plants. After the Russians loss in the Crimean War, they needed to sell the land. In 1867, William H. Seward, the Secretary of State during that time, bought it. It wasn’t until 1959 that Alaska became an official state.
The reason why I’m sharing this experience is because I believe it is important to know about history, to understand our present day. Also to understand how parallel it is today. There are still major issues of race, sexism, gentrification, oppression, education and the list goes on. In order for change we must work with each other and build anyone that needs help up because over powering individualism that capitalism has created is destroying. Links below for more Ak Native history.
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