Showing posts from May, 2013

Short Reflections on Graduation from Georgetown University

Today I graduated from Georgetown University. It was an experience that featured nervousness, boredom, excitement, numbness, and contentment—a wide range of emotions I largely felt at a loss to describe. Even so, I intend to write down just a few reflections on my college experience now, before I go to sleep for the first time as an official university graduate.

The First Battle Between Russians and Tlingit: Prince William Sound, 1792

A few months ago I wrote about interactions between Tlingit and Spanish at Bucareli Bay near Prince of Wales Island, Alaska in 1779. Now I would like to share another story from 18th-century Tlingit history—the first battle between Russians and Tlingit. Both of these stories were drawn from research done for my just-finished thesis, and this story in particular is based on the awesome work edited by Nora Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, and Lydia Black, Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká, Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804 (Seattle; Juneau: University of Washington Press; Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2008), p. 55-57, 63.

A few years before the Russian-American Company came into being, in 1792, the Russians and Tlingit had their first verifiable violent encounter near Hinchinbrook Island in Prince William Sound, west of the Tlingit Gulf coast.

Finally, a Finished Thesis

It's been over a month since I posted to this blog, and without a doubt the blame lies squarely with my senior honors thesis, which I finished just six days ago. Back on April 1st I said I was done with it, but now I'm telling the truth. Lingít ḵa Waashdan Ḵwáan, the Tlingit and the Americans: Interactions and Transformations, 1856-1896 is officially done as a Georgetown University senior honors thesis in history.