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    Kobuk Valley

    National Park Alaska

History & Culture

Kobuk Valley National Park is home to the famous Onion Portage archeological site (NHL) but more importantly the cradle of the Arctic Woodland Culture defined by pioneering archeologist J. Louis Giddings.

Recent archeological work conducted by NPS archeologists have found evidence of human usage of the Kobuk Sand Dunes Complex, settlements along the main course of the Kobuk River, and most recently a temporary camp high in a mountain pass between the Kobuk and Noatak valleys.

The Cultural Resources program at Kobuk Valley National Park documents people in the parks, now and in the past, and helps preserve places with special history. To learn more about cultural resources, visit our program page.

Did You Know?

Image of Kobuk Locoweed (Oxytropis kobukensis)

The only place in the world that Oxytropis kobukensis (Kobuk locoweed) can be found is in the sand dunes of Kobuk Valley National Park.