Digging history

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

Wesley Drown, above, talks to people assembled for the first of a two-day opening ceremony for Dena'ina Dig 2000, an archaeology project Drown and his wife, Tracy, have started on their property off Yewell Road. Participants will help excavate the largest of four Kenaitze village sites known to be in the area.

Wesley Drown said the Kenaitze Indian Tribe has endorsed the project, which could take 25 years to complete and includes plans for the community and visitors. "I don't intend to have tourists camping in their motor homes digging with shovels," Drown said. "But there is eco-tourism and heritage tourism -- a little different group of people. It's a person looking for a more down-to-earth vacation where they're doing something for science. People in this area don't have a good sense that there were people here before us. As long as we're respectful and do it right, there's an opportunity to raise that awareness."


Participants walk down a trail during a quick tour of the location.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Drown said he still has positions for volunteers. Contact him or his wife at 260-7103 for more information.

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