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JUNEAU - Local author Wallace Olson was given the 2003 Outstanding Alaskana Award in recognition of his recently published book, "Through Spanish Eyes," by the Alaska Library Association at its annual conference in Juneau this month.
The book features English translations of 31 journals kept by the officers on the seven expeditions to Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Many of these journals had never before been translated into English.
The journals contain extensive descriptions of Alaska Natives regarding appearance, dress, housing, technology and arts. There are also many accounts of the daily interaction between the Spanish, Natives and Russian fur traders.