Legacy of the Chief: Ahtna Chief Nicolai and his grandsons at the time of historic Kennecott Copper and its Copper Rive and Northwestern Railway in the Territory of Alaska

Legacy of the Chief: Ahtna Chief Nicolai and his grandsons at the time of historic Kennecott Copper and its Copper Rive and Northwestern Railway in the Territory of Alaska by Ronald N. Simpson 1888125950 9781888125955
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Legacy of the Chief is a Native story of Chief Nicolai of Taral and the people of the Atnatuutsitu at the time of the prospecting, development, and operation of the historic Kennecott Copper Company and its Copper River and Northwestern Railway of Alaska in the years 1885 until 1938. Nicolai was born at a Native encampment somewhere near the confluence of Dan Creek and the Chitistone River to the southeast of the Nicolai Prospect. There can be little doubt as to the enormous impact Nicolai had on the history starting with Lt. Henry Allens entry into the country in 1885. The clash of cultures continues to this day, largely at the expense of the rural Natives. The Ahtna Indians remain rooted to the land, still observing many of the old traditions, especially that of the potlatch, as well as a more modern form of subsistence which relies heavily on the use of the Columbia River fishwheel. Native families remain firmly rooted to the land. This is the only land they have ever known. Just as Nicolai was so fond of reminding everyone, the Ahtna people were here in the beginning and the Ahtnas will still be here at the very end of humanity itself.

Author: Ronald N. Simpson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 800

Publisher: Publication Consultants

Publication Date: 2015-05-30


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