By Aron L. Crowell
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Choice, June 1998
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In 1821, the Creoles were assigned an estate status equal to that of Russian townsmen and allowed to advance through the ranks of government and military service on an equal par with Russians. Fullblooded Alaska Natives willing to declare allegiance to the tsar were assigned Creole status after 1821. A Russian education, extended religious instruction, and technical training were offered to many Creole boys, also promoting their class elevation (Black 1990; Oleksa 1990). Russian American society would thus appear to have had some basic parallels to the Spanish colonial pattern in the New World: conquest and exploitation of indigenous peoples, combined with efforts to bring about their religious and social incorporation.
THE QlKERTARMIUT Who are the Qikertarmiut, the Alaska Natives whom the Russians found living in scores of villages along the mountainous coastlines of Kodiak and adjacent islands? A synonymy is required, since many differ- Three Saints Harbor 35 ent names have been applied to the indigenous population of the island group (Clark 1984b). Among the people themselves, names referring to individual villages or local regions were probably once the most significant, such as Uyaksarmiut ("people of Uyaqsak" or Uyak Bay).
Stepan Glotov took his vessel Suo Andrean i Nataliia to Kodiak in 1763, and spent the winter at a location identified by Black as a lagoon on the north side of Russian Harbor, opposite Aiaktalik Island. Glotov's account (Coxe 1780:106-123) describes a series ofQikertarmiut attacks on his ship, including an attempt to scale and burn the vessel with incendiary bundles of grass and birch bark, and an advance made behind large wooden screens that protected the warriors from Russian musket fire. Glotov resisted the attacks and continued to make trade overtures, and before his departure the following spring had succeeded in exchanging glass beads for a cargo of sea otter and fox furs.