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The Han Athabascans  -  Related Materials
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries include plenty of audio, visual, and written material about the Han Indian band and the effect of the Gold Rush on the first people of Alaska and Canada. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window. Go to the Keyword field and type in HAN INDIAN or ATHABASCAN GOLD RUSH.

More Reading:

Fast, Phyllis Ann, Michael J. Gaffney, Peggy Kuropat Bryant, and Terry P. Dickey. Weavers of Two Worlds: Athabascan Women of the Gold Rush Era. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Museum, 1997.

Greene, Diana Scesny, Louise Paul, and Eliza Malcolm. Raven Tales & Medicine Men: Folktales from Eagle Village. Alaska: 1980-1988

Kosuta, Kathy. Han Indians: People of the River. Dawson City, Yukon: Dawson Indian Band, 1988.

Osgood, Cornelius. "The Han Indians: A Compilation of Ethnographic & Historical Data on the Alaska-Yukon Boundary Area." Anthropology, Yale University Publications, June 1971.

Sturtevant, William C. and June Helm. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 6: Subarctic. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1981.

Archival Materials:

Johnson, Linda R. The Kandik Map: Cultural Exchange along the Yukon River. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007. Thesis/dissertation/manuscript held at Elmer Rasmuson Library. From the leaf: "The Kandik Map drawn in 1880 by Yukon Indian Paul Kandik and annotated by French Canadian fur trader François Mercier and U.S. Census Agent Ivan Petroff. It is a unique record in the documentary history of Northwestern North America. It traces the Yukon, Tanana, and Kuskokwim Rivers from their headwaters to the Pacific, showing trading posts, trails, and place names in several Athabascan languages, as well as French and English. As one of the oldest maps of the Alaska-Yukon borderlands it documents indigenous knowledge and the dynamic cultural exchange between Native residents and non-native newcomers along the Yukon River prior to the Klondike Gold Rush. Using oral traditions, archival and published sources, this thesis examines the significance and meanings of the map from 1880 to the present. The original map is preserved at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley."
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