Additionally, a Cultural Landscape Report will be developed for the 'Telaquana Trail,' a trailless route connecting Kijik to Dena'ina Athabascan settlements to the north that was an important traditional transportation corridor. The following projects will give the NPS and the public a better understanding of the historical ties that exist between the local people and the park.
The NPS and Nondalton Tribal Council are working together to support archeological investigations in the Kijik area and Dena’ina heritage preservation. This project includes examination of LIDAR bare earth imagery acquired by the NPS in 2013, conducting an archeological survey based on new information from the bare earth imagery, enhanced hands-on training opportunities, an on-site culture camp for local residents, and an assessment of threats to archeological sites. Excavation at sites will be prioritized based on threats. One house will be selected for complete excavation with the goal of reconstruction and development of an educational exhibit.
The fieldwork, analysis, exhibit development, and final reports will involve Dena’ina community members and will rely on the knowledge of elders and the tribe. Dena’ina participation will be structured as a culture camp so that Dena’ina traditional knowledge and values will be conveyed. Collection and sharing of traditional ecological and cultural knowledge will be part of this program.
Kijik is Significant to the Cultural History of Inland Dena’ina Athabascans
Kijik preserves the largest known grouping of Dena’ina Athabascan settlements and the most complete and intact record of the last 1,000 years of inland Dena’ina cultural history. Camp sites, villages, burials, and ritual sites document 10,000 years of human adaptations to a changing environment. This project helps ensure understanding and long-term protection of this important site.
Telaquana Trail Cultural Landscape Report