Welcome to Sitka AK.
Sitka is home to approximately 8,000 people from various cultures and life experience. Each summer, this town turns out to entertain enthusiastic tourists. Whether you observe the landscape, culture, and diversity of Sitka from the outside or the inside, this unique town will never cease to amaze you.
The natural landscape of Sitka, AK is breathtaking. Sitka is home to both a rich marine ecosystem and a unique temerate rainforest. The environment is often rainsoaked and encapsulated in mist, enabling flora and fauna the chance to thrive in abundant wild spaces that remain untouched by human influence.
Though much has changed in Sitka since the days when only the native Tlingit tribes occupied the island, native heritage in Sitka still remains alive through dance, songs, and youth involvement in traditional activities. Elders who remember the stories of the Tlingit people keep spirits and ancestors alive through both written and oral tradition. The Sheetka Kwan Naa Kahiti provides a meeting place for cultural activity. Sitka's high quality public education facilities also host native traditions and support the inherent value of cultural diversity.
Sitka is full of rich cultural and historical influence. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Bishop's house are historical representations of the fur trade craze that swept Alaska in the 19th century. Russian influence is a large part of Sitka's history. Traditional russian dance is preserved through volunteer re-enactors, who perform on a weekly basis during the summer months.
If you venture outside of town, a world of wild adventure awaits you. Miles of untouched wilderness sprawl behind the quaint town of Sitka. Baranoff Island is home to the Tongass national forest, which houses a unique swamp-like ecosystem known as muskeg. The forests themselves are living museums, home to both the living and the dead (as you can see by the ancient russian graveyard which is nestled unassumingly in the enveloping woods of Sitka).
I hope you have enjoyed this brief, whirlwind tour of Sitka. Through experiencing Sitka and becoming a part of this town's active history, I have had the opportunity to grow and hone my skills as a linguist. One day I would like to return to Alaska to study indigenous languages and interact with the people I remember so dearly from my childhood. Like Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, "there's no place like home". Though I cannot click the heels of a pair of magic shoes and return home to my side of the rainbow, with the support of generous donations from supportive patrons like you, I can build my own figurative pair of ruby slippers sequine by sequine by working for the linguist list and the linguistic community at large. Ultimately, your donations make it possible to keep the world connected through the commonality we all share; linguistics. Thank you from all of us here at the LINGUIST List!