After yesterday's hike, we decided to take it somewhat easy and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The Athabascan cultures are enjoying a renaissance, and the ANHC is a good example of how educating the public is bringing about awareness of the cultures. The center focuses on five different athabascan cultures. For more information see : www.alaskanative.net/
Young adults take native alaskan dance lessons. Each movement represents a word or phrase. At the center, each of the five cultures/clans is represented by a team of dancers and they perform a dance representative of that culture.
The cultural center has built a potlatch and have contracted with natives from each of the cultures to carve totem poles that will go inside as supports.
The colors on the map represent each of the cultures and their locations. Each was represented at this center. The largest being the Athabascan, which is all a generic term for native Alaskan.