The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) season is opening on Mother’s Day, May 12th, 2019, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The Alaska Native Heritage Center opened in 1999, and every summer they invite tourists from around the world to learn about the history and cultures of Alaska. This year’s theme is: Show Respect to Others, Each Person Has a Special Gift.

Enrich your Mother’s Day with culture as the Alaska Native Heritage Center celebrates 20 great years. 2:00 P.M. A Special Blessing from Marge Nakak to commemorate 20 years of the Alaska Native Heritage Center 1999-2019.

From 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., with free admission, there will be Alaska Native Dance performances, Native Games demonstrations, and presentations in the Gathering Place. The theater will be playing Indigenous films throughout the day. Stroll through the Hall of Cultures, which features exhibits with artifacts and stories, accompanied by Alaska Native Artist vendors. ANHC has six Village sites situated around Lake Tiulana. These homes are examples of Native dwellings that existed before Western contact. Interns are located at each site to present and answer any questions that arise. Throughout the day, there will be four Village Site Tours, guided by a Cultural Representatives. See attachment for the full schedule.

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While you are at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, stop by Heritage Gifts for authentic artwork, crafts, books, movies, and music that represent Alaska Native lifestyle and culture. The Nanvek café will be open, where you can grab lunch and coffee.

During the winter season, the Alaska Native Heritage Center opens as an education facility, with a National-Award-Winning After School Program for Anchorage high school students. High school students then have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Alaska Native Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization that preserves and strengthens the traditions, languages, and art of Alaska’s Native People through statewide collaboration, celebration, and education. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit www.alaskanative.net

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