Click on an area of the map to learn more about each Native group
About 15 percent of Alaska’s 660,000 residents are Alaska Native (data from 2010 US Census), but there was a time when their cultures dominated this vast land. As the state continues to grow, Alaska Native people are finding it more important than ever to celebrate their heritage and educate residents and visitors about Alaska’s first peoples.
A good source for further information is the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, which features exhibits and programs on all Alaska Native cultures. The Alaska Native Heritage Center makes a great starting point for your cultural visit to Alaska, with informative displays on each of Alaska’s cultural groupings.
In general, there are five groups of Alaska Natives identified by region – Iñupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Athabascan, Yup’ik & Cup’ik, Unangax̂ and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), and Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit.