People have traveled through and lived in the area surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park for thousands of years. The rugged glacial environment, coastal fjords, and braided river drainages have presented successive and overlapping populations of Alaska Natives, Europeans, and Americans with rich resources in the form of marine mammals, fish, birds, fur bearing animals, and minerals.
Documentation of human use through archeology, oral tradition, and the historical record reveals a variety of human connections with the land which include subsistence, mineral extraction, transportation, recreation, and artistic expression.
The experiences and accomplishments of the people who have used, and continue to use, these lands illustrate the courage and resiliency of the human spirit.
The Alutiiq of the Outer Kenai Coast
Connected to the Land: The Alutiiq of the Outer Kenai Coast
Suqpiat of the Lower Kenai Peninsula Coast by Ronald T. Stanek
Connecting with the Past — The Kenai Fjords Oral History and Archeology Project By Aron L. Crowell
Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska
The Lowell Family of Seward, Alaska
The Lowell Family and Alaska's Fur Trade Industry: Seward, Alaska By Sandy Brue
Franklin G. Lowell
Library of Congress
Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York.
Harry S. Kawabe
The story of one of Seward's most prosperous and popular businessmen.
"Service Unexcelled": Seward's Issei Business Leader, Harry S. Kawabe By Katherine Ringsmuth
- National Park Service Historian
Did You Know?
River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.