Aleut dancers in traditional ceremonial dress Photo: Clark James Michler
The Alaska Native Heritage Center
Natives represent approximately 16 percent of Alaska's residents
and make up a significant segment of the population of over 200
rural villages and communities. Many Alaska Natives have retained
their customs, languages, hunting and fishing practices from time
The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is a 26-acre
campus in Anchorage that offers a unique experience to learn and
explore these traditional ways of Alaska Native cultures. The
Welcome House contains interpretive displays, a theatre, a
gathering place hosting daily performances of Native dance troupes
and drumming during the summer season, concessions, and a gift
store. Five traditional village exhibits representing the Alaska
Native cultures are nestled around a lake and walking trail
offering a glimpse of each culture's traditional crafts and
lifestyles. The ANHC experience is designed to enhance self-esteem
among Native peoples and to encourage exploration of cross-cultural
communication exchanges with non-Native.
Among the Native peoples represented in the Center
are Athabascan - Yup'ik, Cup'ik, Eskimo - Inupiaq, St. Lawrence
Island Yupik Eskimo - Aleut, Alutiiq, and Eyak, Tlingit, Haida,
Tsimshian Indian. Though they have many languages, creeds, and
philosophies, Alaska Natives share common goals, values and the
challenge to embrace modern changes in such a way that their
peoples can be full participants in this modern era, yet not
disrupt the traditional cycle of knowledge that has helped to
perpetuate Native societies for thousands of generations.
Included in the project documentation are a 33-page
report integrated with photos of the ANHC; a videotape of a film,
Stories Given, Stories Shared; an AHNC overview video;
several issues of The Gathering Times Education Department
newsletter; a press kit and photo slides; an ANHC
A Gathering of Traditions update packet; other ANHC Education Department
materials; special event promotional material, and a Cook Inlet
Region 2000 calendar.
Originally submitted by: Sen. Ted Stevens, Senator, Frank Murkowski,Senator, & Don Young Representative (At Large).
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