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peter kalifornsky Unhshcheyakda Sukt’a My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Story My great-great-grandfather’s name was Qadanalchen, ‘‘Acts Quickly’’ [literally ‘‘bounces up and out’’]. This is my great-great-grandfather’s story, and the reason why there came to be no more potlatches. When they took him Outside [to Fort Ross, California, a Russian colonial post], they baptized him and he began to believe in God and to learn to write. When he returned, they gave him the name Kalifornsky. And when he returned here from Fort Ross, California, his father, who had been chief, had just died. ‘‘You next, be chief in his place,’’ they said to him. But he said, ‘‘No.’’ ‘‘If you won’t be chief, leave the tribe,’’ they told him. So he took his relatives and founded a village at ‘‘Last Creek Down’’ [Unhghenesditnu] which they called Kalifornsky village, from his name. When he was leaving, he told the people: ‘‘Keep on respecting the old beliefs , but there is God to be believed in; that is first of all things on earth,’’ he told them. And here on the Kenai Peninsula there was no longer a chief, and there were no more potlatches. And at Kalifornsky village they built a church, and also at Kustatan they built a church. At that time, there were disputes over territory, and they say that greatgreat -grandfather of mine gave the people some advice: ‘‘If I were careless, I wouldn’t be here now. If I were one to worry so I couldn’t sleep, I wouldn’t be here now. If my stomach were big [that is, greedy], I wouldn’t be here now.’’ That is what the old people told about him. My grandfather, Alex Kalifornsky, and his partner, Nickanorga, too, died one after the other in . After that there was no one at Kalifornsky village . The survivors moved to Kenai. Recently, I found the graves there at Kalifornsky village. I set crosses over them.1  Dena’ina note . In  the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey established the map name of Kalifornsky as ‘‘Kalifonsky.’’ For years members of the Kalifornsky family had the pronunciation and the spelling of their surname altered to conform with this map name. In  the Alaska State Board of Geographic Names changed the spelling of ‘‘Kalifonsky’’to ‘‘Kalifornsky.’’A yearor solater theroad signson KalifornskyBeach Road were also changed. ...


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