Before Bristol Bay Book - Page 26

- Harvey Samuelsen , 1926-2004

“ Without land , we are nothing .”

- Harvey Samuelsen , 1926-2004

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Qizhjeh Vena – Salmon up the River The body of water north of Iliamna Lake, known to tourists and map- makers as Lake Clark, is called Qizhjeh Vena by the Dena’ina people. Qizhjeh translates into English as “place people gather” or “old Kijik” and Vena as “lake.” Because Old Kijik Lake has always been a reliable source of salmon, Dena’ina people made the area their home long ago. Butch Hobson has contributed to the Dena’ina pronunciation of place names for the Bristol Bay Online! database. 24 | Qizhjeh Vena (Lake Clark), Alaska. Photo: “Reflections,” National Park Service/ J. Kramer | 25