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Alaska Native Heritage Center
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99506
Voice: 907-330-8000
Toll Free: 800-315-6608

An educational and cultural institution for all Alaskans, the Alaska Native Heritage Center provides programs in both academic and informal settings, including workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours of indoor exhibits and outdoor village sites.

Local residents and visitors to Alaska are introduced to Native traditions and customs of both the past and present. The Welcome House is a celebration of contemporary Alaska Native cultures while the outdoor facilities and sites allow the exploration of ancient tradition and the presentation of stories from the past. Our Center provides a unique opportunity to experience Alaska's many diverse Native cultures at one location.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is committed to maintaining the cultural integrity of all facilities, exhibits, and programs. We strive to nurture cultural and economic ties with indigenous people locally, in rural Alaska, nationally, and internationally.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers unique educational experiences to a diverse audience, including Alaska Natives, Anchorage residents, students, tourists, and scholars. There is an emphasis on experiential, interactive learning that sets the Center apart from other institutions.

The Heritage Center undertakes cooperative programs with universities, schools and museums at the local, national, and international levels, particularly in the circumpolar region. The winter educational program provides both informal and scholarly learning for adults and youth.

During the winter months, demonstrations and instruction by artists and other Tradition Bearers as well as courses in Alaska Native studies are taught in the studios and learning circles. Cultural events that parallel traditional celebrations in Alaskan villages will take place at the Center along with small conventions, banquets, and other special events.

In the summertime, visitors meet Native tradition bearers, artists, and performers. They tour the five traditional village sites, enjoy dance performances, demonstrations, exhibits, view a special film, encounter Native customs, or simply delight in the beautiful natural setting.



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