An Alaska Native hunter conscripted by the Russian American Company, Ivan Kyglaia was part of a sea otter hunting group taken to San Nicolas Island in 1815. The group paddled their kayaks to San Pedro near Los Angeles, where they were captured by the Spanish. Kyglaia escaped and paddled back to San Nicolas Island. He lived there with Philip Atash’sha while waiting to return to Russian Alaska.
DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kashkak, Kodiak Island, Alaska
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown
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