I’m a big fan of the live performances at the center. In this photo (by Michael Dinneen), you get an up-close-and-personal view of these expressive dances from all around Alaska.
There are, of course, many sides to the Alaska Native Cultural Center. In addition to the main stage (The Gathering Place), there are working artisans nearby. Visit with them as they sew, carve and craft clothing, baskets, masks and other works before your very eyes. Many of them are for sale–many are used as teaching tools for younger students.
Don’t miss the seven village sites around the lake. Budget at least an hour just for that!
Finally, there are new exhibits in the Hall of Cultures:
Athabascan – Understanding and Adapting to What Life Brings
Yupâ€™ik, Cupâ€™ik – See Connections
Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik – Honor Your Elders
Aleut, Alutiiq – Share What You Have
Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian – Know Who You Are
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center this summer. Combine it with a visit to the Anchorage Museum. Ask about the “Culture Pass” when you arrive at the Center.
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