These 7 Towns In Alaska Have The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See
Alaska is a large state, but much of the territory is undeveloped wilderness. Some towns have thousands of residents but it’s interesting to hear about some of the lesser known ones with much smaller populations. See if you’ve been to any of these seven small towns with strange names in Alaska.
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Are there any towns with strange names in Alaska that you would add to this list? Do you think these are the strangest names you’ve heard in Alaska? Let us know in the comments below!
Why does Alaska have so many interesting and unusual town names?
The wonderful names for many of our small towns and places harkens back to the original Alaska Native words that were used for these areas. Many of the names today are a direct descendent of the local languages that fill our state. Sometimes the names have been altered in slight ways through the years. In other cases, like the town of Utqiagvik, residents have reclaimed the original names and spellings of towns after they had been altered to more English sounding names. Our state is filled with so much beautiful and amazing cultural history, and the names are a great reflection of our wonderful diversity.
How many Alaska Native languages are there in the state?
There are 20 recognized Alaska Native languages in our great state. They belong to four distinct language families, the Inuit-Yupik-Unangan, Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language families. In fact, Alaska is home to two of world’s major language families: Eskimo-Aleut and Athabascan-Eyak-Tlingit. This means you can use these two languages to reconstruct ancestral language using established linguistic methods.
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.
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