We are excited to partner with Native Village of Tazlina to welcome James Kari and Gerad Smith of University of Alaska Fairbanks, who will present: "Geolinguistic Evidence of Ahtna/Dene Presence at High-water Levels of Glacial Lake Atna" The event will be held live at Tazlina Village Hall, with a reception at 5pm and the talk at 7. Attendance will be limited and masks required. The 7pm talk will also be available online via Zoom.
Registration Link: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvduGuqTgpE9zNn4aj9FBQRY6RRpC_FZ5N Smith (Affiliate Researcher at UAF) will summarize the recent radiocarbon and archaeological records for Copper River and Susitna River basins. Kari's 2019 AJA article introduces a theory of Na-Dene prehistory called the Proto-Dene Lex Loci ('Proto-Dene laws of location'). Professor Emeritus Kari will present his work on a group of about 20 Ahtna place names termed "the Nen' Yese' Ensemble" (NYE) are overtly descriptive of the geology and hydrology at the Tyone Spillway. One subgroup of 10 or 11 names has four pairs of patterned duplications that plausibly were coined prior to, during, and after the names of the NYE (11,000 to 9,000 years ago) in the time frame of the major Glacial Lake Ahtna drainage shift.
There will also be a short presentation on Native Village of Tazlina Homeland Recovery project, and a chance to contribute.
Attendance at the hall will be limited, and masks and distancing will be required. The format of this event may be changed depending on the Covid status of the region, check back here for updates. Limited transportation may be available, sign up with Tazlina Village, 822-4375
WISE, in partnership with Prince William Sound Community College, Copper Country Alliance, and the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., hosts a public science lecture series beginning in the fall of each year. Venues vary depending on lecture. Past lecturers have included professional storytellers, biologists, seismologists, and historians. WISE would like to thank our partners and sponsors for the science lecture series: US National Park Service, University of Alaska's Prince William Sound College, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and the Copper Country Alliance. With their support. WISE is able to continue to provide this informative and engaging service to the Copper River Basin.