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Dena’ina interpretive sign to be installed on Powerline Pass trail

Nov 13, 2018

A new Dena’ina interpretive sign on Powerline Pass will feature the wolverine.

KNBA Morning Line host Danny Preston, left, talks with Aaron Leggett and anthropologist Jim Fall about a new Dena'ina interpretive sign they worked on. The sign will be installed on the Powerline Pass trail in Anchorage. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KNBA)

It’s part of a larger project to develop interpretive signs that will feature Dena’ina stories throughout the Anchorage area.  

Jim Fall is a cultural anthropologist for the Subsistence Division at Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

 

“This is the Dena'ina homeland,” Fall said. “Until recently there was very, very little public recognition of the Dena’ina continuing presence in this area.”

Chugach  State Park reached out to Fall and Aaron Leggett to develop an interpretive sign along the Powerline Trail.

Leggett is the curator of Alaska history and culture at the Anchorage Museum.

“The interpretive sign is part of signs that are going up in the different parks throughout Anchorage and I think they provide a context for local flora, fauna, history,” Leggett said. “Everybody is becoming hip to the idea that Dena'ina signage is something that should happen.”

An event will take place 3 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Glen Alps trailhead, where participants will walk about a quarter-mile up the trail to see the sign.