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Herman of Alaska (1756–1837)

  1. Robert L. Gallagher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1536

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gallagher, R. L. 2011. Herman of Alaska (1756–1837). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


For 43 years Herman faithfully served the Alaskan natives, instructing the native Koniag Eskimos and the transplanted Aleuts in the basics of the Christian faith and how to improve their lives through agriculture and simple crafts. The Russian monk aligned himself from the beginning with the Alaskan native peoples, employing the mission strategy of the Orthodox Church in establishing Christian communities among shamanistic tribes more by example than preaching. The goal was to establish a self-governing American Church in Alaska respecting and using the native languages and creative arts and enjoying administrative independence within the community of the Orthodox churches.


  • herman of alaska (1756–1837);
  • mission strategy, of the orthodox church;
  • herman's ascetic existence;
  • alaskan orthodox missions