Role Play Characters for Hunters

1. Vaimpo – A Coast Miwok – He worked at Ross in 1820 to pay off obligations to the Company. 
2. Chichamik – A Coast Miwok – He worked at Ross in 1820 to pay off obligations to the Company.                                        

3. Iakov Dorofeevich Dorofeev (Ee-yahk’ov Dor-o-fey’e-vich Dor-o-fey’ev) – A Russian – In 1802 he joined the RAC. In 1822 or 1823 he accompanied Karl Schmidt, the new manager of Fort Ross, and a party of Aleuts on a journey by baidaras up the Slavianka River (Russian River, and called Shabakai by the Pomo). In 1824 (with an agreement made in 1823 with Don Luis Arguello, the governor of California), Dorofeev led a hunting party along the shores of San Francisco Bay. Later in the1820’s, Dorofeev returned to Alaska and became manager of the Unalaska office in 1829. He held the post until September 1832, when he died.

4. Agchyaesikok Roman (Ro-man’) – A Kodiak – Possibly a hunter for the Company. He drowned in March 1821.  He was married to Kobbeya, a Southern Pomo. When he died Kobbeya returned to her home village. They had a son, Kiochan Mitrofan, who was left to be cared for by Alexey Chaniguchi for upbringing.

5. Matvei (Maht-vay’) – A Kodiak – A Toion for the Company, meaning a hunting leader. He drowned in 1824. Kirill Khlebnikov reported, “Earlier this month, the Aleuts returned here with the body of the Aleut Toion Matvei. They said that he had been at Bodega Bay and had separated from the others in a two-hatch baidarka. After waiting for him to return for a long time, they had found him dead on the shore with the baidarka. As his body did not show any suspicious signs, the concluded that the Toion had grown weak from rowing and with hunger and had died. The Alaskans than buried him. Matvei was the elder Toion here…”

6. Talizhuk Kosma (Tal-i-zhuk’ Kos-ma’) – A Kodiak – Worked at Ross between 1820 – 1836 possibly as a hunter. His first wife was a Kashaya woman, Yayumen. He and his second wife, Pelagiia, had two sons. Their names are Nikifor and Vasilii. He died between 1836 and 1838.

7. Taneikak Apianak Ivan – A Kodiak – His first wife is a Kashaya woman, PIzhichimiy. They had a daughter, Olga, and son Chunyuun. His second wife, Pelagiia Mukaia, had three sons Il’ia, Marko, and Simeon. He died sometime between 1834 and 1838.

8. Osip Shaia (O’seep) – An Aleut – He lived at Ross for quite a long time. He was a leader or foreman of Alaskans. His first wife is possibly a Kashaya woman, Myssalaya.  His second wife, Alexandra, and son, Sazon, lived for years at Ross. It is possible that his first wife left with him to Alaska and returned with a Russified name, Alexandra. He was about 38 years old when he died from drowning.

9. Balthazar – Possibly a Coast Miwok – This young man was painted by the Russian artist Mikhail Tikhanov. Balthazar was painted with a front view and with a side view.  He was baptized at Mission San Rafael along with his Miwok parents, Catcat and Bohomen. He may have been about 15 years old when the paintings were done. We believe they lived in the Bodega Bay region.

10. Chumamin – A Kashaya woman – Living with Mikhail Siyazov, Russian. When he returned to Sitka in September 1820, she returned to her native place.