Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge


A view of Scott Glacier that feeds the Copper River Delta.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

We see how alive our cultures are today. These efforts have brought healing and revival. Most importantly, our people are proud to be Native.

– LaRue Barnes


Eyak and Alutiiq (Chugach Eskimo): Indigenous Peoples of the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound

LaRue Barnes

The Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound are breathtakingly beautiful. The region is a northern rainforest of wetlands, glaciers, alpine peaks, remote beaches and grassy meadows where delicate wildflowers and berries grow. This part of Alaska requires a hearty survival spirit and has produced a rich Native heritage that extends from the first settlers who arrived ten thousand years ago to the vibrant life of our present-day villages and towns. Eyak and Alutiiq (or Chugach Eskimo) are the region’s primary tribes, but Tlingit and Athabascan residents are also part of this diverse community. Continue Reading