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Athabascan Family Lodges and Cabins

 
 
Athabascan Family Lodges and Cabins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
1. Athabascan Family Lodges and Cabins Marker
Photo Captions:
Photo in the lower right: Anvik: log cabin, caches, semi-subterranean winter house, c. 1923.

Women and children slept in small compartments beneath platforms running along interior walls, warmed by hot rocks borrowed from the central hearth.
Inscription. “Our people had log houses without nails and we all lived the same. We lived subsistence way of life, and love it that way. We have our fish houses, drying racks and all that.”
Alberta Stephan, Eklutna.

Athabascan pole and log dwellings were similar to historic log cabins that they later adopted. In colder areas, lodges were sunk two to five feet into the ground. On the milder shores of Cook Inlet, Athabascans built log houses above ground. They slept in the back areas, and used the front part for cooking and drying.

In earlier versions of the log cabin, pairs of vertical posts were placed at the four corners and used to frame the single doorway. Logs stacked between were lashed to the corner posts. Poles covered with moss, sod, caribou skin, or birch or spruce bark formed the roof. A stormshed passageway to the door kept out the cold. ‘Windows’ of tanned mountain sheep intestines let in the light. (Inscription below the photo in the upper right) Kenai log homes, 1903-1906-Outbuildings might include a steam bath hut and food cache, as well as racks of drying and working skins.
 
Location. 61° 14.005′ N, 149° 42.863′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska, in Anchorage Borough. Marker can be reached
Athabascan Family Lodge and Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
2. Athabascan Family Lodge and Cabin
from Heritage Center Drive. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive (Entrance to the Park), Anchorage AK 99504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mobile Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Traditions of the Athabascan People (within shouting distance of this marker); Raven the Creator (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Richardson National Cemetery-Gate (approx. 3.3 miles away); Captain James Cook (approx. 6.4 miles away); Resolution Park 1776 / 1778 (approx. 6.4 miles away); What is this “Rock Man”? (approx. 6.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Cabin and Lodge Display at the Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
3. Cabin and Lodge Display at the Center
Pond on the Grounds of the Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
4. Pond on the Grounds of the Center
Display at the Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
5. Display at the Center
Display at the Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
6. Display at the Center
Sign at the Entrance to the Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
7. Sign at the Entrance to the Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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