A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent by Sergei Kan

By Sergei Kan

This publication is a wealthy list of lifestyles in small-town southeastern Alaska within the overdue 1800s and early 1900s. it's the first booklet to show off the images of Vincent Soboleff, an novice Russian American photographer whose neighborhood incorporated Tlingit Indians from a close-by village in addition to Russian americans, so-called Creoles, who labored in an area fertilizer manufacturing facility. utilizing a Kodak digital camera, Soboleff, the son of a Russian Orthodox priest, documented the lifetime of this multiethnic parish at paintings and at play until eventually 1920. regardless of their importance, few of Soboleff’s images were released because their discovery in 1950. Anthropologist Sergei Kan rectifies that oversight in A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country, which brings jointly greater than a hundred of Soboleff’s extraordinary black-and-white images.

Combining Soboleff’s pictures with ethnographic fieldwork and archival study, Kan brings to existence the groups of Killisnoo, the place Soboleff grew up, and Angoon, the Tlingit village. the images accrued right here depict Russian Creoles, Euro-Americans, the operation of the Killisnoo manufacturing facility, and the way of life of its employees. yet Soboleff’s paintings is mainly worthy as a list of Tlingit lifestyles. As a member of this multiethnic group, he was once in a position to take strangely own images of individuals and lifestyle. Soboleff’s images supply candid and intimate glimpses into Tlingit people’s then-new financial targets comparable to advertisement fishing, promoting berries, and making “Indian curios” to promote to travelers. different photographs exhibit white, Creole, and local manufacturing unit staff rubbing shoulders whereas conserving a definite distance in the course of rest time.

Kan deals readers, historians, and images fans a stunning visible source on Tlingit and Russian American lifestyles that exhibits how the 2 cultures intertwined in southeastern Alaska on the flip of the previous century.

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When he located there, he found a portion of this tract flooded at high tides. He reclaimed this tideland by building a dike across a narrow neck through which the water entered. The rest, containing about 30 acres more, is used for pasture. Potatoes are his chief crop. They are as fine as any I ever saw in the states. He has several acres planted to beets, carrots, onions, parsnips and peas. He had a large patch of cabbages and turnips, but the cutworm took nearly all. He has wheat, barley, oats and buckwheat—small patches of each.

30 Several of Killisnoo’s residents were immigrants from East Asia. Spuhn employed a Japanese cook, and several Chinese men worked for the company (plates 43, 51, and 94). Descendants of several of these men, who married Tlingit women, still reside in Angoon. Of course, not everyone worked for the company. The area surrounding Killisnoo was home to a few enterprising EuroAmerican farmers (plates 63 and 64). Tom Baker, who had moved to the area from Washington, owned a farm on Hood figure 12 Joseph Zuboff (the only man wearing a neck tie) and company workers in Killisnoo, ca.

And pictures. Alaska State Library, Vincent Soboleff Photograph Collection, ca. 1896–1920, photo by Vincent I. Soboleff, ASL-P1-013. 30 a russian american photographer in tlingit country headman, Arsenii (Albert) Kookesh or Kaashaan (ca. 1875– 1940), of the Teikweidí clan of the Eagle moiety (see fig. 6; plates 25–26). As was customary, both men had prominent Russian godfathers—Kaajaakwtí had Zuboff, and Kookesh, Sergei Kostromitinov (Kostrometinoff) (1854–1915), a highly influential and respected warden of St.

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