Deg Hit’an Place Names Workshop

The Anvik Tribal Council, in partnership with the UAF Community Research Partnerships for Sustainable Traditional Harvest Practices and the Alaska Native Place Names Project, will host a place names workshop in Anvik, February 27–March 2, 2018.  The workshop will begin efforts to bring together traditional Deg Hit’an place names using online mapping and media tools that allow for the integration of stories. We hope that this tool will help us better understand the history of Anvik’s traditional territories and prepare current and future Deg Hit’an generations for climate, social, economic, and regulatory changes affecting their traditional territories. As stated in the Anivk tribal council research proposal:

Sinoght xltdoyh gits’ anxitadot
Tell me a story, the weather is going to change

Workshop topics include:

  • overview of place names atlas and functionality
  • discussion of strategies for recording and collecting place name information
  • development of informed consent and information sharing protocols


Gwich’in Workshop April 17-19

Gwich’in Nąįį Googindì’ K’ìt

The next workshop on the Gwich’in Place Names Atlas will take place on April 17-19, 2018 in Fort Yukon. If you would like to attend the workshop, or know somebody who does, send an email to info [at]

Shryah K’ǫǫ (Eight Mile Slough near Fort Yukon)

Workshop Topics will include

  • possible coordination or sharing of place names data with Old Crow and Fort McPherson.
  • possible linking to the Canadian atlas on the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s website.
  • management issues – formalizing an oversight organization.
  • a community-driven process for hiding sensitive information from public view.
  • sustainability planning.


Gwich’in Workshop

The ANPN project will host a workshop on the Gwich’in place names atlas for community members and elders in Fort Yukon on July 11-12, 2017. Contact Joe Matesi ( for more information.

Alaska Native Place Names Workshop

April 29, 2015

Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska

Herron 1899
On April 29, 2015 the Alaska Native Language Archive and Bristol Bay Native Corporation sponsored a statewide workshop on Native place names, held in Anchorage as part of the Council of Geographic Names Authorities (COGNA). The larger meeting brought together representatives from state names authorities, including Alaska, and representatives from the USGS Board on Geographic Names. Much of the discussion in these meetings focused on official names and procedures for adopting official names.For the workshop on April 29 we broadened the scope to include all issues related to Native place names, including but not limited to the following:

  • procedures for documenting place names
  • connections between names and landscape
  • databases and data management
  • strategies for promoting Native names
  • significance of Native names
  • education and place names

The workshop was an opportunity for those involved in place name work across the state to share their experiences. To that end we welcomed presentations describing place names efforts.

For further information visit the workshop website: