The Russia-Alaska Connection as Seen From Over There


Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

It’s easy to see the Russian presence and influence in Alaska, but what about the other way around? Alaska State Archaeologist Dave McMahan made his seventh trip to Russia earlier this summer. His trip took him to Totma where he says people there still feel very connected to Alaska.

McMahan is the president of the International Association of Specialists on Russian America. He says the association and collaborations with archaeologists in Russia is greatly expanding the narrative of our shared history.

McMahan says that the goal of his trips to Russia is to "enrich the understanding of Russian settlement and artifacts found in Alaska." For local curators and historians that means, through McMahan, they have colleagues in Russia they can rely on.

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