The Modern Day Tlingit Hierarchy Essay

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This social aspect is the premises of Tlingit life and political structure; this is still somewhat seen in the modern day Tlingit hierarchy, mostly involving ceremonial matters. In the mid 1700’s Russian explorers seeking fur for riches landed upon the shores of Baranof Island, they discovered this highly developed indigenous tribe of people. These first outsiders recognized that the Tlingit were not disorganized, anti-social society, but instead a strong community structure that created vast infrastructures, community leaders, and cohesion between Eagle and Raven tribes. The cultural expressions and how the Tlingit’s were at one with nature and all it provided. With the arrival of the Russians, brought trade, war and disease. Trade was an established practice within the Tlingit community, they often traded between other tribes in the Southeast region of Alaska. Trade also brought disputes which in most cases led to war between natives and outside presences such as the Russians and Europeans. In the early 1800’s; Chief Katlian of the Kiksadi (pronounced Kick-Sati) Clan of Tlingits led a formidable campaign against the invading Russian, from their stronghold now known as Castle Hill; the Kiksadi Clan fought fearlessly and relentless against these invading troops, driving them back. A few years later, Russian troops overtook the Tlingits people and established the first outpost name it Baranof Castle. This site is known as the capital of Russian America. However, nothing…

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