Russian Alaska: Tea & Banya in the Great Land

25 10 2010

Once it was a part of Russian territory. There are still reminders to this day: children wearing Russian national costumes, people with Russian names and many Orthodox churches built here. However, more than 140 years ago it became US territory, though today some Americans do not know about its Russian past. It was called a Box of Ice, a Polar Bear Garden, but in the language of indigenous peoples, the word Alaska means The Great Land.

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