The word “research” suggests that we are always seeking the discovery and interpretation of new knowledge. It is the phrase “of new knowledge” that bothers me, for what if the researcher is looking for “old knowledge” yet to be learned? This is a philosophical conundrum for someone other than me to fathom, so for now here is some old knowledge that is well worth learning.
Not only the Native American people, but their art and culture have too long been ignored by modern society. Our lives are busy, but we must stop to reflect on our past. Thankfully history challenges us to pay attention to men like the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Jackson, who first went to Alaska as a Presbyterian missionary and worked to preserve the tribal legends of the Tlingit Nation – stories now portrayed on modern postcards.