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I had no idea there are isolated Russian-speaking communities in Alaska. Learn something new every day.

I had no idea there are isolated Russian-speaking communities in Alaska. Learn something new every day.

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  • henrysmyagent

    It is nice that there is still some Russians in the old former Russian colony of Alaska…but uncle Putin cannot have it back!

  • wirerc

    Beautiful people. If more current Russians were Old Believers, that would be a much better country than with current warmonger “patriarch” they have now.

  • harlokkin

    “Isolated Populations of Russian Speaking people” is Putins favorite excuse to “rescue” them.

    Not that it would go well for him mind..

  • sipping_mai_tais

    I watched a documentary on YouTube the other day about I think it’s this same community, but living in Brazil.

    They try their best to keep their language, traditions, culture, and isolate themselves from the rest of Brazil. But in the documentary, the story was about them wanting to leave Brazil and going back to Russia after living many decades there.

  • ngydat

    I wouldn’t be surprised since Alaska used to belong to Russia. So the day it was bought by the US, it doesn’t necessarily mean all the Russians moved away.

  • Sir-Viette

    Alaska also has some of the last hunter gatherer tribes in the world. Some hunt whales from canoes in the Arctic Ocean. Some hunt rabbits and land-based animals further inland. Anthropologists have studied them trying to figure out how big a human tribe size was in pre-history.

  • taleofbenji

    This documentary on the Lykov family might also interest you. They lived in complete isolation in Siberia for 70 years.

    “In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia’s vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization. In 1944, Agafia Lykov was born into this wilderness. Today, she is the last surviving Lykov, remaining steadfast in her seclusion. In this episode of Far Out, the VICE crew travels to Agafia to learn about her taiga lifestyle and the encroaching influence of the outside world. ”

  • MericanNativeSon

    My local Orthodox Church is covered with large painted saints on the inside and a third of them are from Alaska and look like or are dressed like stereotypical eskimos

  • biggamax

    There are vestiges of Russian Orthodox culture and past Russian expeditions as far afield as Northern California, believe it or not.

  • Longjumping_Ring_826

    Since this is Reddit I’m gonna assume most of the comments on this video are calling for their ethnic cleansing

  • 1CEninja

    Fun fact, Alaska is the state with the highest concentration of Eastern Orthodox Christians (often known as Greek Orthodox, or in this case more appropriately, Russian Orthodox).

    The native Aleut people in particular were largely converted by Russian missionaries.

  • timberbob

    Given that Russia used to control Alaska, there are still quite a few Aleut families with Russian surnames, and many are still Orthodox.

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