Anchorage, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
Athabascan Family Lodges and Cabins
“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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 61° 14.005′ N, 149° 42.863′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska. Marker can be reached from Heritage Center Drive. The marker is on the grounds of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive (Entrance to the Park), Anchorage AK 99504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 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); Resolution Park 1776 / 1778 (approx. 6.4 miles away); Captain James Cook (approx. 6.4 miles away); What is this “Rock Man”? (approx. 6˝ miles away); Oscar Gill House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anchorage.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,062 times since then and 284 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.