Through Orthodox Eyes
Russian Missionary Narratives of Travels to the Dena'ina and Ahtna 1850s-1930s
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
Andrei Znamenski offers a new and substantive interpretive chapter that places events into historical perspective. He describes nineteenth-century Athabaskan society and its interactions with Russians and Americans, looks into the biographies and intellectual backgrounds of Orthodox missionaries and native lay leaders, examines the texts of missionary journals, and shows how the Athabaskans turned Russian Orthodoxy into their native church.