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The Alaska Native Heritage Center collection showcases all of the indigenous cultures in Alaska. There are tools, watercraft, clothing, pieces of art, drums and more. See these Items on display in the Hall of Cultures.

New acquisitions - 

Alaska Native artwork for ANHC permanent collection made possible by Rasmuson Foundation.

2010.004.002 – Created By:  Robert Davis Hoffmann

Materials:  Acrylic and Birch.

Description:  Original design depicts the Killer Whale with a Seal in its body. The Killer Whale can be identified by its long dorsal fin. The spray coming from the blowhole is represented by the humanoid creatures, which also represent waves in front of the whale, and water below.


2010.004.003 – Created By:  Drew Michael

Materials:  Basswood and Branches.

 Description:  Seedlings was created to express a deep idea, that each person has a life full of potential and we have the opportunity to live inside that created design.  People are a lot like trees, both can bear fruit and live in abundance of life or we can live outside our full potential and whither away and die.  The face inside the tree is a clear picture of what it looks like for a life to take full advantage of its design.



 2010.004.004 – Created By:  Ben Paul

Materials:  Ink and Pencil.

 Description:  This is a painting of a board which served as a memorial for the "setting free" ceremony in Wrangell, AK.  The ceremony involved a lock of hair being taken from the slave to be set free and was placed in the side of "Keet-kuh-wahl".


 2010.004.001 – Created By:  Phillip John Charette

Materials:  Low Fire Clay, White Clay Slip, High Fire Porcelain, PC-7(a dark messy epoxy), Acrylic Paint, Mother of Pearl, Wild Turkey Feathers, and Permanent Marker.

Description:  Poisoned was inspired by pre-contact Yup'ik masks Phillip handled at the Smithsonian which were seriously damaged by collectors and early curators.  The early curators and collectors soaked a number of masks in arsenic and stamped poisoned on them.  These early collectors did poor repair work on the pieces and this is expressed by the dark scar with blood smeared on Phillip’s mask.  The collectors and early curators then put graffiti on the mask with a serial number, location piece was collected at, and who collected the piece.  On Phillip’s mask, tear drops in blood show spiritually hurt yua's in the masks.