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Russian Alaska: Orthodoxy and Independence

Echoes of Russian heritage in American identity through the ages

Alaska's rich history and fusion of diverse cultures contribute to its unparalleled uniqueness. Lauren Liman's weekends unfold far beyond routine TV viewing or book reading. Instead, he retreats to a dacha by the seashore, finding solace with his family and eight grandchildren. This weekend, Lauren plans to fish with nets, following a tradition dating back 110 years and passed down from his father and grandfather. Alaska's centuries-old customs have shaped both residents and the locality alike, fostering distinct ethnic and cultural nuances. Where does this unique Alaskan culture originate? Who are the Alaskans?