Dena’ina Ełnena: A Portrait

Everything on earth has a spirit.

They call it “K’etniyi”, means ‘it’s saying

something.’ That’s how we believed

long ago. We believed that everything

had a spirit and should be treated with

respect. From a rock, water, mountains,

animals everything. This is what’s

missing today.

–Nick Carltikoff, Sr.

This is a collection of images I developed as part of a collaboration with Lake Clark National Park and the Nondalton Tribal Government in 2018 & 2019. The goal of this project was to collect audio pronunciations of local place names, stories, and visual imagery of the places that make up the Dena’ina Homeland (Dena’ina Ełnena), and to illustrate the traditional hunting and fishing activities that take place on this land in order to inform stakeholders.

How This Content Was Used

This content was used to illustrate a 243 page traditional land use study of present-day Lake Clark National Park (Southwest Alaska) in Fall 2019. 

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