So I have found this topic of particlular interest as I had the opportunity to spend some time in Alaska back in 2001. I was with a Missionary Team sent by the OCMC. We discovered that there are what are know in Alaska as Alaska Chant. One of the posts to this topic mentioned Aleut Chant, I don't know if that is what was referred to as Alaskan Chant or if the Aleuts have begun to develope their own style.
I can appreciate the remark about the Orthodox Church being a "bottom up" affair. Throughout the history of the Church we see that the variou groups of people or tribes which were brought into the fold occured as a result of their entire culture being "baptised". This was tru when the Hebrew Apostles went out, first throughout the Middle East (as with Antioch where "we were first called Christians").
The process repeated itself when the Apostles spread out to the rest of the Mediterranian world to the Greco-Roman Culture. Then centuries later when Sts Cyril and Methodious went to the Slavic Tribes. They created an alphabet (based upon the Greek Alphabet), then the Russians went to Alaska in the 18th century and repeated the same tried and true process. Each with great success, one could argue that in Western Europe something different occured. They stopped teaching in the varnacular and continued Latin even through the Protestant Reformation. There was never any move to create a unique German, or French, or English Church. Not as a unified structure as occurred in Eastern Europe.
I would like to bring to the attention of any who are interested to a new website which I have only recenlty built at www.naocf.org
. This is for the Native American Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
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