As wet snow fell Monday afternoon, people gathered at Anchorage’s Potter Marsh for the dedication of its Dena’ina place name, Hkaditali or “drift lumber.” The name is part of the Anchorage Park Foundation’s Indigenous Place Names Project.
“We are hoping to do 30 signs,” said Aaron Leggett, president of the Native Village of Eklutna. “The next one is scheduled for late spring of 2023 at Point Woronzof.”
The sign also features Dena’ina phrases – DENA’INA EŁNENA CH’TIYUX “You are walking on Dena’ina land” and YE’UH QA TS’DALTS’IYI “Living with the outdoors.”
Earlier in the day, people gathered at the Moseley Sports Center on the Alaska Pacific University campus for “Honoring Our Ways of Life: Celebrating Who We Are.”
The State of Alaska and the Anchorage Assembly have officially designated the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, using this day to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s First People.