After 87 years at the Smithsonian, bones of Alaska Natives returned and reburied

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After 87 years at the Smithsonian,

bones of Alaska Natives returned and reburied

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Anthropologists once excavated the graves of thousands of Native Americans. Now museums in the U.S. are slowly working to return those remains and funerary objects to tribes.

A village in southwest Alaska recently reburied 24 of their ancestors who had been excavated by a Smithsonian anthropologist in 1931.

About half of the village of Igiugig crowded into the Russian Orthodox Church in the center of town on a drizzly fall day. In the center of the nave sat three handmade, wooden coffins that held the bones from the now-abandoned settlement of Kaskanak.

The remains were unearthed by Aleš Hrdlička, who was the head of the anthropology department in what is now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The question of how people originally came to North America and from where drove Hrdlička to dig up the bones of Native Americans all around the United States. Historians estimate that he took thousands to Washington, D.C., for research.

After more than eight decades in the museum’s collection, Igiugig’s ancestors finally returned home for reburial.

Avery Lill
10/22/2017

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Saint Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska (+1979)

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Saint Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska (+1979)

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Archpriest Nicolai O Michael (1912-1984) and Saint Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska (1916-1979)

Notes about the lives of the Archpriest Nicolai O Michael and his wife, Matushka Olga (Arrsamquq) Michael, are presented in the context of Canadian Orthodox biographies, even though neither of them had any direct personal contact with Canada. Nevertheless, details of their lives parallel those of many of the Orthodox Canadian clergy of the earlier part of the 20th century. More importantly, the presenting of their lives can help us to understand how the Lord works in different ways with two Christ-loving and Christ-serving people, in order to help, encourage and console others. In this case, the Lord seems to have extended Matushka Olga’s loving service and care for others far beyond her own village, in ways which convince many people that she is truly holy, truly a saint. The “Canadian connexion” in this regard concerns the many Canadians who are certain that “Mother Olga” is praying for them, and that as a result, help and healing have come from the Lord.

Nicolai O Michael

Nicolai O Michael was born in the village of Kwethluk in Alaska, USA, on 24 August, 1912. The available details of his life were written by his grand-daughter, Olga (Michael) McGill. Kwethluk is located at the confluence of the Kuskokwim and Kwethluk rivers in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The constantly changing channel of the river gives the village its name. “Kwethluk” is derived from the Yup’ik words “kuik”, meaning “river”, and “-rrluk”, meaning “bad, unnatural”. “Nicolai”, writes his grand-daughter, “was a very caring person, and well known throughout the delta. He loved to fish and hunt. He also herded reindeer, which were used both as pack animals and as food for the community”.

Marriage ; seminary ; parish service

Nicolai married his wife, Olga (Arrsamquq), who was often called “Olinka”, an affectionate Russian form of her name. This marriage was an arranged marriage ; and at the beginning, communication between the two was difficult. Nicolai was not yet a particularly “churchly” man. Together, they received from the Lord 13 children, of whom only 8 survived to adulthood. His grand-daughter wrote that he was a strict father. Earlier in his life, Nicolai started the first US Post Office and General Store in Kwethluk, where he was the manager. All along, Olga was praying for her husband. After a time, he began to attend church, and he and 6 other village men became church readers. They then attended Saint Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak, and all but one were then ordained to the Holy Priesthood. Very many of the former Russian and American clergy had by this time left their parishes, and the parish-circuits remained vacant for a long time. It is useful to understand that it was the pressing and particular local need that caused the establishment of Saint Herman’s Seminary in 1972. This process of depletion had begun with the sale of Alaska to the USA, and it was increased by pressures from the strongly-Protestant-minded government which followed. It was just after the transfer of Bishop Theodosius (Lazor) from the diocese that the Archpriest Joseph Kreta made the proposal to establish the seminary, and that this proposal was blessed by the Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America.
Father Nicolai was the very first priest in the village of Kwethluk, and when he returned to serve Kwethluk, he became greatly beloved by the people. It is important to understand that before she became a matushka, Olga was continuously praying for a long time for her husband and for her village. During her lifetime, 85 percent of the students (7 of 8) who went to Saint Herman’s Seminary came from Blessed Olga’s tiny village, Kwethluk, which had a Continue reading “Saint Matushka Olga Michael of Alaska (+1979)”

Η εύρεση του Θησαυρού – Όταν οι Αυτόχθονοι Αμερικανοί συναντούν την Ορθοδοξία

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Η εύρεση του Θησαυρού

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Όταν οι Αυτόχθονες Αμερικανοί συναντούν την Ορθοδοξία

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Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary

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Is There One True Church?

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An Interview with Peter Jackson,

a former Protestant missionary

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Peter Jackson—a former Protestant missionary and the translator of several books of Holy Scripture into the language of the Kogi people of Colombia, presently a student at Holy Trinity Spiritual Seminary—tells of his road to Orthodoxy. This is an Interview conducted with him on the pages of Pravoslavnaya Rus’ [Orthodox Rus’] by R. Sholkov.

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RS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

PJ: I was an Evangelical Protestant from birth. My family attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches, and my parents were firm believers in [the concept of] the “invisible Church,” i.e., [the belief] that there has never been a single church on earth which could call herself the one True Church; i.e., [a church] possessing the fullness of the Truth. All that was necessary was “to believe in Christ” and to attend that church which was “convenient.” But I could never understand why there were so many different so-called churches, all of which considered themselves to be Bible-based?

When I was 12 years old, our community was visited by some preachers who were doing missionary work in Colombia and translating the Bible for the Indians. Because I had always been interested in languages, I was attracted to this work. I was astonished [to learn] that there are thousands of languages in the world into which the Bible has not yet been translated.

I began to study Greek and Hebrew, in order to prepare myself for working in translating the Bible into such languages; and, at the university, I studied linguistics. Later, I joined the Protestant Mission of Bible translators (Wycliffe Bible Translators), in order to obtain a more detailed education.

When I was in training at Wycliffe, I became acquainted with my future wife, Styliana; now we have two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin. Styliana’s parents were missionaries in Colombia, when she was yet 5 years old. They preached among the semi-savage Kogi tribe. Her parents were very happy to receive our Continue reading “Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary”

Canada: The path of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe led him to the bosom of Orthodoxy

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CANADA: THE PASSING OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN MOHAWK’S CHIEF FRANK NATAWE (1927-2000)

The path of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe

led him to the bosom of Orthodoxy

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by

Dr. John (Yanni) Hadjinikolaou

Rate Professor of  McGill University in Montreal, Canada

in the magazine Synaxis

“The passing of a Mohawk Native American”

 

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Here is the story of Frank Natawe an American Native Mohawk’s Chief (1927-2000) who lived and died as an Orthodox Christian (Eastern Orthodox Church), at the same time defending his tribe’s tradition. He even began translating the words of the most holy ceremony of Orthodoxy into his own people’s language.

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Saturday night. Very few lights were on.  In the Russian Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Vespers have just started. The shadowy silhouettes of the few faithful who were attending the service became more defined, as the candles were lit, one by one, in the candle stand. The iconostasis of the altar was very imposing; it was something that was carved by experienced craftsmen at the beginning of the century…….

It was my second time at Vespers, years ago… The words of the prayer “mirthful light” in Slavonic gave one a sense of inner peace and relaxation.  Everything seemed to be in prayer at that moment; for the day that passed and the day that was to come. After the madness of the day, this refuge of thankfulness actually calmed the wild beasts of the mind….

In the dim, half-light I could discern a few of the profiles there: an old Russian lady with her grandchild, a tall, skinny, middle-aged man, a young girl around fifteen, a young family with their two children… and suddenly, my attention was caught by a figure near the large window.  Directly below it, I made out a silhouette that was completely different to all the others.  It was a fifty-year old Native American with vivid, characteristic features, and his long hair tied back in a ponytail that reached his waist. My gaze stopped upon him… What a Continue reading “Canada: The path of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe led him to the bosom of Orthodoxy”

Η πορεία του Frank Natawe φυλάρχου των Αυτόχθονων Αμερικανών Mohawk του Καναδά, στην αγκαλιά της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας

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Η πορεία του Frank Natawe φυλάρχου

των Αυτόχθονων Αμερικανών Mohawk του Καναδά,

στην αγκαλιά της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας

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Από τόν

Δρ. Ιωάννη Χατζηνικολάου, Καθηγητή στο Πανεπιστήμιο

McGill του Montreal, Καναδάς

“Το πέρασμα ενός Αυτόχθονου Αμερικανού Mohawk”

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Η ιστορία του Αυτόχθονου Αμερικανού Frank Natawe αρχηγού των Mohawk, που έζησε και πέθανε ως Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός, υπερασπιζόμενος παράλληλα και την παράδοση της φυλής του. Άρχισε μάλιστα να μεταφράζει τα λόγια της πιο ιερής τελετής της Ορθοδοξίας στη γλώσσα του λαού του.

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Σάββατο βράδυ. Λιγοστά φώτα. Στη ρωσική Μητρόπολη των Αγίων Πέτρου και Παύλου ο εσπερινός μόλις έχει αρχίσει. Οι σκιερές σιλουέτες των λιγοστών πιστών που παρευρίσκονται, παίρνουν όγκο καθώς ανάβουν τα κεριά στα μανουάλια. Το τέμπλο υποβλητικό, φτιαγμένο από έμπειρους τεχνίτες στις αρχές του αιώνα…

Είναι η δεύτερη μου φορά στον Εσπερινό, πάνε χρόνια τώρα… Το «φως ιλαρόν» στα σλαβονικά δημιουργεί μια αίσθηση εσώτερης γαλήνης και ανάπαυσης. Όλα δέονται τούτη την ώρα για την μέρα που φεύγει και για την μέρα που έρχεται. Μετά την τρέλλα της μέρας τούτο το ευχαριστιακό καταφύγιο καθησυχάζει τα θηρία του νου…

Μέσα στο ημίφως διακρίνω μερικά προφίλ. Μια γερόντισσα ρωσίδα με το εγγονάκι της, ένα ψηλό ξερακιανό μεσήλικα, μια κοπελλίτσα γύρω στα δεκαπέντε, μια νεαρή οικογένεια με τα δυο τους παιδάκια… και ξάφνου το μάτι μου πέφτει κοντά στο μεγάλο παράθυρο. Ακριβώς από κάτω διακρίνω μια μορφή αλλιώτικη από τις άλλες. Ένας πενηντάρης Αυτόχθονας Αμερικάνος με έντονα χαρακτηριστικά και Continue reading “Η πορεία του Frank Natawe φυλάρχου των Αυτόχθονων Αμερικανών Mohawk του Καναδά, στην αγκαλιά της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας”

A Native American Prayer – We will fly on wings like eagles

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A Native American Prayer

We will fly on wings like eagles

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Dear God

I bow my head

and ask,

If it be Thy will,

please save this land

from those who seek

to destroy it.

-Amen-

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So we are truly on a wing and prayer. What an incredible symbol. When I was in Alaska as part of Alaska Team 2001 sent by the Orthodox Christian Missionary Center (http://www.ocmc.org) I saw a bald eagle, everyday, and if I saw one, I ALWAYS saw three minimum.

I’ve always loved our national symbol and spending the time that I did in Alaska gave me such a feeling of peace and love for this land in which I was born and for it’s Native Peoples that I can’t even express. Seeing Eagles everyday gave me a feeling like I was sharing my experience with them.

I am aware that such atrocities were committed against the Indigenous Populations here in both North & South America (let’s not forget the Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well), by Western Europeans in the name of God and of “Progress”. While Alaskans were not totally exempt from all that, it should be noted that the Orthodox Church in Alaska more often helped and protected the Alaskans (where & when they could).

Anyone who is interested can check out our website at: http://www.NAOCF.org for more information and through that site you can reach out to our Spiritual Adviser Fr. Thomas Andrew who is a Native Yupik Priest. Also, I’ll refer you to a PDF of our Journal (also available on our website) in particular an article written by Fr. Michael Oleksa, another Native Priest living and serving in Alaska. They are just two of the Native clergy serving Our Lord and their People in the North.