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“Excellent place to learn about the serveral cultures in Alaska”

Alaska Native Heritage Center
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Alaska Native Heritage Center Tour
Ranked #21 of 236 things to do in Anchorage
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Owner description: Alaskan native culture is presented through storytelling, dancing, craft-making and simulated, life-sized villages representing each of the five main indigenous groups.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This center does an excellent job depicting the 11 different cultures that have lived in Alaska for the past few centuries. There are examples of the domiciles the natives created to live in a harsh climate. Each of these was manned by someone who could explain how the home was used. And, some had examples of hides, 'furniture' and artwork. The museum has nice displays of some of the garments used in ceremonies. In the theater, there was a live demonstration of some of the games played. A great place to learn about Alaska's native cultures.

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"free shuttle"
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"native peoples"
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"different cultures"
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"anchorage museum"
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This was a great place to go to learn about the Native Alaskan culture. The grounds had great attractions that took you through the native Alaskan peoples experiences. Willy Topkok, one of the native Alaskans story tellers was very friendly and informative. We didn't stay to watch the movies, but we did enjoy the native dancers.

Thank Tricia M
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Movie presentation of Native Competitive Games was very enlightening and interesting. There were other movies as well; however, we only saw the one. Fall was encroaching so the tourist crowds were absent. The various native groups' living structures were well presented; however, only one house had a native commentator who was very informative. There was a demonstration area for canoe making; however, seemed to be shut down for the season. There were live ceremonial dance presentations on the stage. There were also a few kiosks of native crafts.

Thank Dixiegals
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We heartily agree with what so many other reviewers have said. The ANHC is an excellent place to learn about the various cultures that inhabit Alaska. We visited there in June three years ago, and wanted to go again as it is simply not possible to absorb all that is available there in one visit. And it is not possible to not be fascinated with the many displays and live presentations of native life. We came away again with a huge appreciation of the many "hardships" the people have, and the clever and inventive ways they have to solve them. Be sure to have enough time to spend talking and listening to with the representatives of each tribe at the outdoor displays, and to see the presentations of native songs/dances and athletic events. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

It was well worth the FREE shuttle to view the displays and the performances (games, dances, drumming, etc). The bonus is that you can try out the drums and high kick game at the end!

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