Click on an area of the map to learn more about each Native group
Alaska Native cultures strongly influence our way of life, from names of rivers, mountains, and communities on traditional lands to art and architecture in our cities. About 15 percent of Alaska’s 660,000 residents are Alaska Native (data from 2010 US Census). 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.
In general, there are five groups of Alaska Natives identified by region – Iñupiat & St. Lawrence Island Yup'ik in the Arctic; Athabascan in Southcentral and Interior Alaska; Yup’ik & Cup’ik, Unangax̂ and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) in Southwest Alaska; and Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit in Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage.
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.