Friday, August 22, 2014

ALASKA- Native Heritage Center

Today's highlight was a tour of the Native Heritage Center, surrounding a lake. The guide showed us traditional houses of the various original people from all over the state. Lots of valuable and interesting information about different cultures!

The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people come to expand their understanding of Alaska's indigenous people.

Guests stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings situated in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana and are introduced to the traditional life ways of the Athabascan, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Yup’ik/Cup’ik, Aleut, Alutiiq, and the Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples.

Each village site has a traditional structure along with artifacts that each group used in their daily lives. We saw the whale bones at the Inupiaq site; a favorite spot for picture-taking.  We visited with a culture representative in each village site.

Lake at Native Cultural Center

Traditional house of the Eyak People

Totem poles carved to tell a story

Skeleton of a gray whale washed up to shore

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