Salchaket Native Cemetery—Salcha, Alaska
Pen & Ink on Bristol Board, Image size 8.5"x 13.5"

Athabaskan Indians have lived in the vicinity of the Salcha River (a tributary of the Tanana
River) since before recorded history. Lt. Henry Allen's 1885 reconnaissance party was one of
the first non-native groups to visit the area. Munson's Roadhouse was established near the
Salcha River in 1904, and St. Luke's Episcopal mission was started nearby in 1908. The Salcha
Athabascans, who had been semi-nomadic, gradually settled permanently near the roadhouse
and mission. This small native cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Munson's Slough.