The history of Alaska is a rich one, dating back to the first human migrations across the Bering Land Bridge into what we now know as Western Alaska. The abundance of material objects and remains found all over Alaska’s public lands gives evidence of long-term human occupation. This evidence proved to be a valuable resource in scientific investigations of human migrations.
Alaska’s history and is often tied directly to its natural resources. In fact, all of the major state population booms were direct results of a widespread desire for one of the many resources available in Alaska such as sea otter pelts, gold or oil. Yet these increases in population only mark an extremely small fraction of human history in Alaska.
For thousands of years, Alaska has been home to people whose descendants still live and work here, continuing many of their ancestors’ lifestyles, values, and traditions. Public lands are places where visitors can connect with their pasts and learn about traditional cultures.