History & Culture
You might float the Alagnak River today and hardly see another soul. But don't be fooled—this resource-rich area has been home to human communities for thousands of years.
Archeologists surveying the river have found sites belonging to the Paleoarctic tradition (9,000 to 7,000 years ago). The oldest radiocarbon dated sites are about 2,300 years old. In 2004, archeologists excavated Alagnak Village. From these ancient campsites and villages all the way to modern fish camps, the Alagnak bears witness to the people who lived there.
Modern Yupik, Sugpiaq Alutiiq, and Denaina people from Levelock, Iguigig, Naknek, and other villages make use of the Alagnak area for subsistence fishing, hunting, berry picking, and firewood gathering.
Read more about the cultural history of the Alagnak River in Alagnak Wild River: An Illustrated Guide to the Cultural History of the Alagnak Wild River.
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Did You Know?
As one of Alaska’s 26 congressionally designated rivers comprising the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS), the Alagnak Wild River is part of 3,210 miles of protected wild, scenic and recreational rivers in Alaska.