Statue of Grandma Olga Nikolai Ez
The bronze Ahtna woman in the sculpture is modeled after Olga Nikolai Ezi, a well-respected elder in the Native village of Eklutna known as “Grandma Olga.” She and her husband, who was a Dena'ina chief, are credited with settling into Eklutna and establishing much of the tribal lineage.
Olga Nikolai Ezi was Ahtna, which are an Alaska Native Athabaskan people of the Athabaskan-speaking ethnolinguistic group. She married a Dena’ina chief, Simeon Esia, and had five children. They are credited to have established much of the lineage of the Eklutna tribe, according to interpretive panels accompanying the installation.
Bronze statue of an elderly woman holding dried fish