Map of Alaska Ethnography Distribution of Native Tribes 1880

This map shows the geographical locations of the major tribes that existed in 1880 in the Territory of Alaska.

Alaska Native cultures are diverse. As shared on the Alaska Federation of Natives web page, “We are many nations and tribes, with ancient traditions that continue to be practiced today and adapted for the modern world. We are comprised of widely diverse cultures, languages, life ways, art forms and histories, but we share many core values that have guided us for millennia. Eleven distinct cultures can be described geographically: Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian peoples live in the Southeast; the Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik live in the north and northwest parts of Alaska; Yup’ik and Cup’ik Alaska Natives live in southwest Alaska; the Athabascan peoples live in Alaska’s interior; and south-central Alaska and the Aleutian Islands are the home of the Alutiiq (Sugpiaq) and Unangax peoples.”  


Alaskool is a website of “Online materials about Alaska Native history, education, languages, and cultures.” It is an excellent site to access accurate information on Alaska Native cultures. They have a current map of Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska that you can find here