Kaalahéenak’u, inside a person’s mouth (Peterson Creek)

In August, 1794, rowing through Áak’w, Aaní, Joseph Whidbey must have noted a L’eeneidí village or at least summer fish camp near what we today call “Outer Point.” I say ‘must have,’ because his original journals disappeared after confiscation by his commander George Vancouver.

In his second-hand account of the Áak’w encounters, Vancouver (who was sick on the outer coast and never saw Áak’w country) casually mentioned “the point on which the northern village is situated,” as if it had before been mapped or described. From my league-by-league cross-referencing of Vancouver and Menzies journals, this “point” was clearly the northern tip of Sayeik, spirit helper:

“which after the Bishop of Salisbury, I named Douglas’s Island.” GV

Hmmmph!  Only one of dozens of IWGNs (important white guy names) honoring distant dead dignitaries, by another white dude who never laid eyes on our home.

And where, exactly, was that “village?”

Surficial geology of the Outer Point area, based upon USGS map by R.D. Miller, 1975.

Even the surviving place names— Kaalahéenak’u, inside a person’s mouth, and Deishú Áak’w, little lake at end of trail-–are shrouded in mystery, their stories lost to time. What is the “mouth?” And where (if it even still exists) is that “little lake?”  A couple centuries of storms and glacial rebound have remodeled the landforms and habitats here.

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GeoPDFs Kaalahéenak’u (Outer Point)

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation at Kaalahéenak’u, inside a person’s mouth (Peterson Creek) on northernwestern Sayéik, spirit helper (Douglas Island).…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 1 page

Supplement to the CBJ wetlands surveys, 2016

In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed wetlands throughout the CBJ. Although we were not…

2016 | Richard Carstensen | 31 page excerpt (of 512p)

Area descriptions for CBJ wetlands surveys, 2014

Supplement to the 2016 Juneau Wetlands Management Plan In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 8 separate pdfs, 2 to 5 MB

Outer Point brochure

Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes 14 interpretive stations along the Outer Point Loop Trail. On…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages

Natural history of Juneau trails: A watershed approach

Guide to natural and cultural history of the CBJ, summarizing Discovery’s longterm study on contract with Parks & Recreation that…

2013 | Richard Carstensen | 72 pages