Russian Old Believers, Kachemak Selo

The Russian Old Believers are Eastern Orthodox Christians who maintain the liturgical and ritual practices as they existed prior to the church reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. Old Believers were persecuted in tsarist Russia after the Revolution of 1917 and many fled the country. Significant established Old Believer communities now exist in the United States and Canada. Old Believers arrived in Alaska in the second half of the 20th century, helping to revive a shrinking Orthodox population. Existing communities include the villages of Voznesenka, Razdolna, and Kachemak Selo (shown in the image) near Homer in the Fox River area, and Nikolaevsk, Beryozovka, Delta Junction, and Kodiak, Alaska (Larsen Bay area, and on Raspberry Island). Read more about the Old Believers here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Fox River Delta.