Putting Yup’ik places on the map
The Tundra Drums, 14 April 2011

ALASKA,USA: The Calista Elders Council (CEC) announced a recent grant from the National Science Foundation to work with elders and community members in coastal communities from the mouth of the Yukon Delta south to the mouth of the Kuskokwim. This four-year project builds on CEC’s partnership with Nelson Island villages between 2006 and 2010, during which elders shared close to 1,000 place names and their stories, including historic sites, hills, rivers, lakes, even underwater channels. At a village meeting in April 2009, village representatives voted unanimously to make the website open to everyone. The new National Science Foundation project will allow CEC to continue the work begun on Nelson Island. This summer, CEC staff, village elders, young people and participating scientists will travel throughout the delta both to continue mapping and to learn more about the delta environment. Read the article …