The community of Anchorage recently celebrated the fourth sign installed as part of the Indigenous Place Names Project. The sign was installed Aug. 25 at Point Woronzof, or Nuch’ishtunt, its traditional Dena’ina name. Nuch’ishtunt means “the place protected from the wind.”
Each of the four installed signs features a Dena’ina fire bag as the project’s symbol. The symbol represents living outdoors and sharing fire and knowledge. Each sign also features Indigenous wording which tell visitors they are walking on Dena’ina land.
Organizers with the Anchorage Park Foundation and its partners have plans to install 28 more signs around the city.