The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is a living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska that promotes active observance of Alaska Native culture and traditions, featuring permanent collections and educational programs. Visitors to ANHC can enjoy activities on a campus surrounded by Alaska’s beautiful wilderness, never guessing that such a peaceful place could be located in the state’s largest urban center.
Visitors in the summer can learn Alaska Native dance, try a Native Gaming event, and observe traditional art being created in front of them. They can tour full-size replicas of pre-contact Alaska Native buildings from every region of the state.
During the school year, ANHC provides after-school programming to high school students within the Anchorage bowl, provides outreach to middle schools, and hosts visits from elementary schools.
Year-round, ANHC offers community-based events like the Circumpolar World Music Celebration, Iditarod Day, concerts, and celebrations of Alaska Native art. ANHC frequently hosts classes so that community members can learn traditional Alaska Native art forms, many of which are in danger of being lost.
ANHC is also recognized as the premier source of information and training for professionals working in and with Alaska Native communities through our Cultural Awareness Workshops.