Athabascan History at Eklutna

 The Eklutna exit at Mile 26 of the Glenn will take you into Eklutna Historical Park. This was once the site of many Athabascan villages and the current population (approx. 400 residents) are descendents of the Dena'ina tribe. The park itself dates back to 1650, and showcases both Athabascan history and that of Russian Missionaries. Stop at the Village Heritage House and see photos and artifacts. The Eklutna cemetery with its colorful "spirit houses" makes an interesting tour, and you can also visit St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, the oldest building in the greater Anchorage area. Fees for admission range from $3-$6. There are also tours of the area available, which highlight the original Native subsistence lifestyle.

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