First ever publication on the ethnohistory of the Alaska Yukon borderlands


Yukon University anthropology instructor, Norman Easton, has recently published the first ethnohistory of the Yukon Alaska borderlands in partnership with the US National Park Service. An Ethnohistory of the Chisana River Basin documents the First Nations’ use of the upper Tanana River basin based on ethnographic, archival, and archaeological research.  

Easton has worked in the Yukon-Alaska borderlands since 1990, documenting traditional and contemporary culture, native language, land use, and archaeology. The relationships that he cultivated with the communities of Beaver Creek, Northway, Tetlin, Tanacross, and Mentasta, among others, led to thousands of hours of interviews to support this publication. 
“This ethnohistory is the first to use US historical archives and Canadian federal documents for this region from the last 150 years”, said Norman Easton, instructor, School of Liberal Arts. “I feel honoured to have spent the last 30 years working with the people from this region and to share how they have adapted to their lands and the encroachment of immigrants, nation states, and an international border”. 

This project was funded by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Yukon University’s Scholarly Activity Grant.

Learn more about this publication in the following media release.