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Denali, Ongtupqa and other Indian names for places of interest
The highest hill in North America has been known on public charts and records as "Mount McKinley" since 1917. However, on 28 August, the Ministry of the Interior announced that the 20,237 foot high summit would once again be formally known as "Denali", as it had been called for millennia. Denali has played a key part in the Koyukon Athabascans' creative legend, an Alaska-born group that has been living in the area for hundreds of years, Julie Hirschfeld Davis wrote for the New York Times.
It first became known as Mount McKinley in 1896 when a goldfinder from the wild came to find out that William McKinley, a defence of the highest standards of quality bullion, had just been appointed as a nominee for the presidency. McKinley was murdered just six month after his first tenure and never established a foothold in Alaska.
It is one of the best-known cases of map makers who ignore the name of the Indians' monuments of nature, but it is by no means the only one. These are some of the United States' miracles of nature that had a name for hundreds of years before Europeans entered the American continent:
According to the Grand Canyon National Park Service, the second most frequently frequented and one of the most famous monuments of nature in the United States, has been populated by Indian groups for almost 12,000 years. In Hopi terminology, the kayon was referred to as "Ongtupqa" and was regarded as a sacred place and passage to the hereafter.
This cliff, which has the similarities of George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, has undergone several changes in the course of the nineteenth cent. South Dakota's Black Hills, where the president's woodcarvings appear, were Sioux sacred lands, with the hill itself known as "The Six Grandfathers," Nick Kirkpatrick wrote for the Washington Post.
In 1930, the hill was formally called" Mount Rushmore", after a New York attorney who liked to chase in the area. Formerly occupying more than 11,000 km2 of the marshlands of Florida, the Summit was home to several Indian groups, among them the Calusa, Seminole and Miccosukee strains for more than 3,000 years.
The National Parks Service says the swamps were initially known as the Pa-hay-Okee, which in Seminole means "grassy river", but the first English to come to the area described them as "the Everglades". Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit", was once the highest peak in the north-east, Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
It was first called Mount Washington in 1784 in honour of the then general, but was formally appointed by the group of climbers who in 1820 renamed New Hampshire's Presidential Range, according to the Appalachian Mountaineering Club.