Anvik is a Deg Hit'an Athabascan
community, with a rich history. It is located on the west bank
of the Yukon River in Interior Alaska, just inside the old mouth
of the Anvik River along the hillside. This hillside called Deloy
Ges (or Hawk Bluff), which means "so-called mountain"
in Deg Xinag, the local Athabascan language. Raven, or Yuxgitsiy,
whose name translates as "everyone's grandfather" created
Deloy Ges; (From Anvik Comprehensive Community
Raven was walking along.
Soon he came across sand. He thought to himself, "I should
make a mountain." He piled up the sand real high, then
started to walk up it with his cane. The sand started to slide
down, as it does when you pile it up. Raven, he got mad and
whipped it up with his cane; that's what made all the gulches
in the hillside. Then he walked away from it.
(Alta Jerue, Spring, 1998)