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The Kayakers of the Russian-American Company. by Nikkolainen The Kayakers of the Russian-American Company. by Nikkolainen
Russian America (Alaska), 1810s. Reconstruction.
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kidiki Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2015
Nikkolainen - I'm fascinated by this illustration. My Alaska Native and Russian Ancestors worked for the RAC in Alaska and some at Fort Ross, CA. Do you have ancestral ties to the RAC? Have you drawn any other photos of Alutiiq or Unangan people?
Nikkolainen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Thank you Kidiki! That's really interesting to learn about your roots. I have no ties to the RAC, at least  what I know about my ancestors. I have not drawn native Alaskan people yet, but I hope I will - it depends on what the arkheologists ask me to depict for their publications. As for Alaska itself, when I was a student I have been dreaming to work there some day as park warden or park guide. I am a game biologist by education actually.
kidiki Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Thank you for your response! Do I understand correctly that you draw for publications? Of particular interest is the Kayaker illustration. Your subjects appear to be wearing Kamleikas (or Chigdax which is the Native word for a gut skin parka) and bentwood hunting hats. I hope you don't mind what is meant to be friendly inquiry and discussion born of curiosity and casual observation than that of criticism. There is some confusion for us with this photo and I'm curious of where your inspiration came from for the Kayakers of the Russian American Company.

Under the RAC, as we understand it, subjugated Aleuts were not allowed to carry firearms, so I am assuming these are Russian subjects. Russians did not wear bentwood hats that we know of, as they were spiritual hunting gear of the Aleuts. The Aleuts did not affix walrus fetishes to their hats. This was typical of further North (Bering Sea), where the walrus can be plentifully found, however, they did affix fetishes of other sea life. But even so, the drawing is extraordinarily wonderful.

The illustrations Yakutia, Siberian Eyes, and many others could easily be Alaskan illustrations. The similarities are striking.

All the Victims of the Fur Fever is a powerful illustration. Is there a story that accompanies this?

Fat Kol'Ket. Nightmare Fears, is interesting. This illustration intrigues me. In our Native culture, there is a dark and evil night creature that hangs out in the forest (much like Sasquatch). We call it Nan'tina. As children we would tell each other scary stories about "Aunt Tina" (a bastardization of Nan'tina) coming out of the woods and frighten each other. The owl in this drawing is symbolic to me as well. We would never mention the sighting of an owl, as seeing one meant death would visit soon if you acknowledged it.

Any information you can share about these would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Rene Edelman Azzara (K'idiki)
Nikkolainen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I drew the picture for an arkheologist's publication and he supplied me with the materials about what the seamen should have on. They are both Russian. The left one has a Chugach hut on and the right one has Aleut bentwood peak. The photo I took as peak exampel is here:…
The Victims of the Fur Fever is one of the illustration for Siberian Book written by Mikhail Krechmar. This is a pop-scientific narrative about conquering and exploring Siberia and Far East in XVII c. It is in Russian.… There is no certain story for this illustration.
The illustration for Fat Kol'ket depicts just Kol'kets fantasy and not based on Khanty beliefs. As for an owl, this bird were concidered sacred by finno-ugric people.
grassa48 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like the attention to detail.
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Really good.
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, love the colors.
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