Alaska Travelers Will See New Interpretive Signs Along Highways in the Ahtna Region
GLENALLEN—With the help of funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, visitors to the Ahtna region can learn about the traditional, cultural, and historic features indigenous to the area through a series of six interpretive signs. Ahtna, Inc. is the only Alaska Native regional corporation whose villages are all connected by the road system and the signs were installed at highway viewpoints throughout the region this summer. They are located along the Glenn Highway (near Gunsight Mountain at the Camp Creek pullout), the Richardson Highway (near Hogan Hill and the Willow Lake pullout), the Tok Highway (milepost 56.5 north of Chistochina), the Denali Highway (milepost 131), and the Parks Highway (milepost 200 near Cantwell).
The signs are meant to give residents and visitors an awareness and appreciation of the natural history of the area and include rich imagery and stories told by Ahtna elders. They were designed by Ahtna, Inc. using input from the Ahtna Board’s Customary and Traditional Committee and are identifiable by a “Welcome to the Ahtna Region” logo.
Those interested in learning more about the Ahtna culture, people and history can purchase the book Ahtna: The People and Their History
(netseh dae’ tkughit’e’ “before us it was like this”) published by Ahtna, Inc. and authored by William E. Simeone, Ph.D. The book is available online at www.ahtna.com/book.
Become an Industry Sponsor
In This Issue
The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.