Warriors of Kodiak: Military Traditions of Kodiak Islanders

Lydia T. Black

Abstract

In the second half of the eighteenth century the Russians, as the first Europeans to contact the Alutiit people of Kodiak Island, reported on the Alutiiq military strength and their sophisticated armament and military tactics. Oral traditions about intertribal warfare persist to this day, but these data have not been examined in depth in anthropological literature. This paper summarizes available information on Alutiiq weaponry, strategy and tactics, and traditions about enemies of Kodiak Islanders.

  • Lydia T. Black, Professor Emerita,University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 1559, Kodiak, Alaska 99615

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