Alaskan Natives had many beliefs that they practices they believed everything had spirits including their surroundings. They had many beliefs they believed everything were caused by spirits even illnesses. They had shamans who protected them they were like the village doctors and protectors. So when 60 percent of there population had died they turned on the Shamans for not protecting them. After they turned on the Shamans they turned to the westerners for help. The Westerners told them masks were evil and the dancing they did was also evil. They converted the Nativies to Christianity and sent there children to boarding schools.