The Koyukon are a group of Athabaskan people living in northern Alaska. Their traditional home is along the Koyukuk and Yukon rivers where they subsisted by hunting and trapping for thousands of years. Many Koyukon live in a similar manner today. The Koyukon language belongs to a widespread family called Na-Dene or Athabaskan spoken by native people scattered throughout northwestern North America and in pockets as far south as California and Arizona. The first Europeans to enter Koyukon territory were Russians, who came up the Yukon River to Nulato in 1838. When they arrived they found that items such as iron pots, glass beads, cloth apparel, and tobacco had already reached the people through trade with coastal Eskimos. An epidemic of smallpox had preceded them as well, and in...'