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St. Herman’s legacy as a defender of Alutiiq people, remembered

The August pilgrimage to Spruce Island, just off the coast of Kodiak, is a yearly event for Orthodox believers in Alaska and the world over. The ritual celebrates the canonization of St. Herman, a Russian missionary who arrived with the early fur traders and soon became a major part of Alutiiq history. Pilgrims make their way toward the Ss. Sergius …

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