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.


The Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map is currently being revised. [2013-04-28]
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska
This map includes more than 270 indigenous place names. See the revised list. If you would like to submit new names for the map, or if you have corrections to names which appeared on the 2010 version of the map, submit them to uaf-anpn-project [@], or contact Gary Holton at (907) 474-6585.

2013 Geographic Names Conference
Gary Holton, Lawrence Kaplan, and James Kari presented at the Council of Geographic Names Authorities meeting May 1-3, 2013 in Minneapolis. [download presentation]

Ahtna maps now available. [2012-05-23]

More information about the name Troth Yeddha', which refers to the ridge on which the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus is now situated, can be found on the ANLC website.

Lower Tanana Place Names maps now available. See the Lower Tanana section. [2012-03-05]

ANPN presentation at the 2011 Athabaskan Languages Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon

The new Alaska Native Language Map was featured in UAF Frontiers magazine and in the July 10th edition of the Anchorage Daily News.

COGNA The October 2011 meeting of the Council of Geographic Names Authorities will specifically address the topic of Geographic Names of Indigenous Peoples. [conference info]

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