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Ahtna Culture and History

As a complement to our Ahtna language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Ahtna tribe and their society.

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Please note that Ahtnas and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Ahtna history is interesting and important, but the Ahtna Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Ahtna Websites

Ahtna Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Ahtna Indian language.
Ahtna Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Ahtna culture.
Ahtna Legends:
    Collection of Ahtna Indian stories and folktales.

Ahtna Tribal and Community Websites

Ahtna, Inc:
    Cooperative of seven Ahtna villages with information about their business ventures and the Ahtna Heritage Foundation.
Athabascan Nation Chickaloon Village:
    Homepage of the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, one of the Ahtna Native Villages of Alaska.
Copper River Native Association:
    Nonprofit organization advancing the cause of the Ahtna villages of Alaska.
Ahtna Government Services Corporation * Ahtna Development Corp * Ahtna Technical Services Incorporated:
    Athna Construction:
    Homepages of Ahtna tribal business enterprises.

Books for sale on the Ahtna Indians
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Ahtna Trickster Myths * Atna' Yanida'a: Ahtna Stories * In the Shadows of Mountains:
    Collections of Ahtna folklore for sale.
What We Leave Behind: Ahtna Elders Reflect on History:
    History of the Ahtna tribe as told by several Native elders.
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon:
    Oral history from various Native Alaska tribes including the Ahtna.
Beautiful Words: The Complete Ahtna Poems * Lone Wolves * The Trap * The Great Death:
    Poetry and novels by Athna author John Smelcer.
Ahtna Travel Narratives: Shared Geographic Knowledge among Alaska Athabascans:
    Interesting book about Ahtna linguistics, history, and .cultural understanding of place.
Books about Native Americans:
    Evolving list of books about Ahtnas and Native Americans in general.

Maps of Ahtna Lands

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska:
    Map showing the location of the Ahtna and other Alaska Native tribes.

Ahtna Lifestyle and Tradition

Observations on Ahtna Indians:
    Brief ethnography of the Ahtna tribe, including illustrations.
Ahtna Plants:
    Resource with information about traditional Ahtna food plants, recipes and traditions.
Ahtna Athabascan Authors:
    Ahtna writers, their lives and work.
Chickaloon * Gold Creek-Susitna * Chistochina * Mentasta:
    Information about Ahtna bands and villages.
Ahtna Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Ahtna weapons, snowshoes and other artifacts.
Athabaskan Clothes:
    Pictures of Alaskan Athabaskan clothing, jewelry and beadwork.
Chickaloon Band License Plate * Gold Creek-Susitna Band License Plates:
    License plates from Ahtna Athabaskan bands.
Chickaloon Athabascan Flag:
    Ahtna Indian flags.
Native Heritage: Athabascan:
    Information about Tanana and other Alaskan Athabascan traditional lifestyle.
Four Directions Institute: Ahtna Tribe:
    Profile and historical timeline of the Ahtnas.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Ahtna * The Ahtna:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Ahtna Indians.
  Atna:
  Information about the Ahtnas in Russian.



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