James Kari and Percy Duyck review place name maps in Nenana, Alaska

The Alaska Native Place Names project aims to create a comprehensive record of the indigenous place names of Alaska, across all of Alaska's Native languages. To achieve that end the project is building a multilingual geo-database which both (i) preserves existing documentation; and (ii) synthesizes a new documentary record based on input from Native language experts. The database will be designed to handle issues of both linguistic and geographic uncertainty. The database will be searchable through a web-based portal, and GIS data will be made available through the Alaska State Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

The ANPN Project is also compiling a list of place name resources for Alaska Native languages. For more information view the Projects Page.


Maps and Names Project

ANPN has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the integration of historic maps, manuscripts, and place names. This 3-year project, entitled Linking maps, manuscripts, and place names data to improve environmental knowledge in Alaska, is a collaborative effort with the National Snow and Ice Data Center and will create a sustainable platform accessible to both current and future researchers and community members. For more information see the project website. [2014-08-28]


The Alaska Native Place Names project was launched with support from the Alaska EPSCoR Program. Continued funding provided by the Alaska Native Language Center and the National Science Foundation.

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