Up early (4 am) to check in at the terminal for our catamaran ride to Sitka.
We left at 6 am. Look how high the sun is already.
|Sitka is a charming town of 9,000 and loaded with history: Tlingit, Russian and American. St. Michael Russian Orthodox Church amidst downtown Sitka.|
We learned a lot about Totem poles. It's not good to be on the top. The place of honor is to be on the bottom.
This totem pole has Alexander Baranov on the top. He was the manager of the Russian American Company and the first governor. He built a trading post and fort in 1799 but it was burned in battle by the Tlingits in 1802. He returned and defeated the Tlingits in 1804.
In 1809 Sitka became the capital of Russian Alaska. When sea otters were nearly depleted Russia no longer had use for this seemingly unproductive land.
Don't know the story but see these charming knit & crocheted items on the posts around town.
|Bishop's House was built in 1843 for the first Russian Orthodox missionary|
Bishop Innocent was a remarkable missionary who learned the language of the Tlingit people. He also taught them masonry, carpentry, blacksmith as well as the word of God. He learned their language and customs.