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December 6, 2019 Rachel Blakeslee

1000 AD – 1905

Dena’ina villiages occupied the confluence of the Russian and Kenai Rivers. The trails that fisherman use today were the same trails that Alaska’s early people used to harvest salmon and prepare for the winter.



  1. Dena’ina Family in 1901 near lower Cook Inlet (Simonson Collection; Anchorage Museum, B1991.009.142)
  2. Canoes of the Oonalashka (Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum)
  3. Woman of Prince William Sound, from the book “Charts and Plates to Cook” drawn by John Webber (Official artist on Cook’s 3rd Voyage) (Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum)