JUNEAU - A new book matches oral histories and historic accounts to documented battles between the Russians and Tlingits in the early 19th century.
Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Lydia Black edited "Russians in Tlingit America, the Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804."
At the heart of the book are never-before published recordings by the National Park Service of Tlingit elders telling oral histories of the battles.
The Dauenhauers compared the recordings to eyewitness accounts by Russians translated into English by Black, who worked on the book until her death in 2007
The book is available through the Sealaska Heritage Institute.