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An Alaska Native Tlingit woman performs in Sitka Alaska
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Cultural Centers, Tours & Demonstrations

Cultural Centers, Tours & Demonstrations

For thousands of years, Alaska Native people have preserved their rich traditions, and passed this cultural heritage from generation to generation. While the languages and philosophies vary from region to region, many common goals, values, and spiritual beliefs weave together Alaska Native cultures both past and present.

Alaska Native cultural centers, museums, and tours across the state are a good way to get an introduction to Alaska Native culture. Storytelling, song and dance performances, art demonstrations, and art collections can all be experienced first-hand at cultural centers and on cultural tours. Many museums and cultural centers sell arts and crafts made by Alaska Native artists. Look for the Silver Hand Seal, which signifies that you are buying an authentic Alaska Native handicraft.

For visitors who want to explore Alaska Native villages, tour companies can arrange air transportation and tours of remote Alaska Native villages throughout the state. In larger communities, visitors can explore collections of art and artifacts at museums, cultural centers, and some Alaska Native corporations that have buildings open to the public.

The 26-acre Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage showcases all 11 of the state’s major Alaska Native cultures. Visitors can learn about Alaska Native traditions from the past and present through the interactive displays, exhibits, events, films, and the six authentic Alaska Native housing sites situated around a scenic lake. The Alaska Native Heritage Center makes a great starting point for your cultural visit to Alaska.

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