Ahtna Travel Narratives
A Demonstration of Shared Geographic Knowledge among Alaska Athabascans
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
Told by Jim McKinley, Frank Stickwan, Jake Tansy, Katie John, and Adam Sanford
Among the world’s foremost pedestrian foragers, the Ahtna tribe possesses a profound system of geographic knowledge that has facilitated travel and spatial cognition in Ahtna and other Athabascan languages. Shedding light on a number of precise landscape classifications, including Ahtna place names and river directionals, these indigenous travel narratives represent walking tours comprising more than one thousand miles of traditional routes and trails in the Ahtna-language area. Providing context for these narratives are maps, photos, interviews, and a wealth of ethnographic, linguistic, historical, and methodological information.