(Wednesday), Russian Orthodox faithful celebrate Christmas, and next Wednesday
they commemorate the New Year. Some members of the Alutiiq community, who
inherited the Russian Orthodox calendar and the associated traditions, are
prepared to celebrate the holidays in traditional style. Sven Haakanson, director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, and Kodiak elder Iver
Malutin sat down with KMXT's Mike Murrary on Talk of the Rock this week to
discuss the history and plans for holiday celebrations this year.
Starring began Wednesday
night at the Alutiiq Museuan and will continue for the next two nights. A new
exhibit about Russian Orthodoxy in Alutiiq life also opened this week at the museum.
Haakanson described the tradition
of starring and what it means to members of the Russian Orthodox faith and the
Alutiiq people. He also shared his memories of the starring tradition growing
up in Old Harbor.
-- (Haakanson 1 50 sec. "The
tradition of starring is ... as a kid growing up.")
Haakanson talked about the
construction of the stars and how they can differ, depending on where they
-- (Haakanson 2 50 sec. "Depending
on the villages... it's a wonderful celebration.")
talked about his personal memories of the New Year's masquerade ball, a holiday
tradition, and plans for this year's festivities.
-- (Malutin 1 52 sec. "They
normally mask ... just a fun night.")
welcomes people to join the masquerade ball and orthodox new year celebrations at
the Bingo Hall on Monday. I'm Erik Wander.