. Bringing Dena’ina into public consciousness through place names « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – Just 15 years ago, most Anchorage, Alaska residents wouldn’t have been able to answer the question: who lived here before settlers arrived?. Aaron Leggett, Dena’Ina, has been working to change that. He’s president of the Native Village of Eklutna and senior curator of Alaska History and Indigenous Culture at the Anchorage Museum. He said the Dena’ina Athabascan people were virtually invisible until a civic and convention center was named after them. “So in 2006, the Dena’ina Center opened and it was kind of a shocker for most people because they’d never heard the name Dena’ina.


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