May 16th, 10am - 4pm: Alaska Native Day at Fort Ross State Historic Park
Fort Ross Conservancy is pleased to welcome the Alaska Native community to Fort Ross to teach their arts and crafts on the land they once shared with the Native Kashia and Russian communities. The day will include:
Dr. Gordon L. Pullar, associate professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Kodiak Island Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), will be speaking on The Russian-Alaskan Creole, Then and Now. He has an intense interest in researching the ethno-history of Kodiak Island and his own family history that includes ancestry from indigenous people of Kodiak Island as well as Russians who worked in the fur trade in Russian America,
Traditional Russian Orthodox blessing of the boats, followed by Iqyan (kayak) race in Sandy Cove (2015 race map coming soon; see 2014 race map for rules -- no plastic kayaks allowed),
A hands-on demonstration build of a Nigilax (baidara, or large open kayak),
Performances by Anchorage Unangax Dancers, led by Ethan Petticrew,
Kids' crafts: Face "tattooing," language games, petroglyph rock painting, Chagudax (hunter's hats), spear throwing,
Demonstrations—Beading, Chagudax carving,
All that and dried fish!
We will hold a short memorial for Alaska Native ancestors buried in the Fort Ross cemetery.
This is a new event for us and sponsorship is needed - contributions towards AND can be made at www.fortross.org/donate. For event updates and more, please consider joining the Alaska Natives at Fort Ross Facebook group. Download our Save the Date poster and spread the word!
See photos from last year's AND skinboat iqyax race and learn more about this fantastic partnership between Fort Ross and the diaspora Alaska Native community.
Delicious BBQ will be available for sale from BBQ Smokehouse & Catering.
Special event fees apply: $10 collected at the Visitor Center for the presentation, children free. California State Parks entrance fees also apply. Please carpool!
For more information, please contact us at 707.847.3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Ross State Historic Park 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450