"Kan, who has published extensively on the Tlingit, is a careful and painstaking translator and editor . . . [this book] must be judged a major new addition to our knowledge and understanding of an important Alaskan Indian tribe."
(Journal of the West)
"The book opens yet another door in ethnographic literature--that of missionary ethnography in general. . . . A valuable book for any student of the northwest coast, Russian-American history, or the dynamics of missionization."
Sergei Kan has written an extensive introduction and has annotated his translation. There is also a glossary of geographical terms, an index, and bibliography.