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Message from the Executive Director

The Alaska Native Heritage Center was established as a result of an Alaska Native-led effort to create a cultural center where everyone can gather and experience Alaska’s First People. It was born out of a desire to heal, share, and learn, and find comfort in each other’s company. On June 12, we will reopen our doors… Read More

Alaska Native Heritage Center Mitigation Plan May 2020

Overview & Purpose: The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is located in Anchorage, Alaska, and follows both municipaland state mandates. As a statewide cultural education center and museum, providing a diverse array ofservices to the public, including our cultural center, facility use, retail, coffee shop, educationalprogramming and classes, ANHC falls under several different classifications as… Read More

Alaska Native Heritage Center COVID-19 Response

On behalf of the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) Board and Staff, we hope you are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic is a community-changing reminder of just how precious life is and how unexpected emergencies have the potential to disrupt both our professional and personal routines. In response to… Read More

Join us in welcoming Emily Edenshaw as our new Executive Director

Anchorage, Alaska (November 12, 2019) – The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), a renowned, statewide living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska, is pleased to announce the hire of Emily Keneggnarkayaaggaq” Edenshaw (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) as Executive Director. As the ANHC Executive Director, Edenshaw will provide sound organizational management and visionary leadership to ensure sustainable ANHC success.… Read More

2019-2020 Best Cultural Heritage Experience

We recently received an award for 2019-2020 Best Cultural Heritage Experience by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Thank you all so much for your amazing support!

Thank You For Your Support!

Chin’an to all our amazing family of supporters who help us preserve and strengthen the traditions, languages, and art of Alaska’s Native People through their continued patronage. We are so honored that so many of have been party of our Alaska Native Heritage Center for the last 20 years! Here’s to the next 20 years… Read More

Exploring the Regional Village Sites: The Athabascan House

The Athabascans traditionally lived in Interior Alaska, between the Brooks Mountain Range and the Kenai Peninsula. There are eleven distinct linguistic groups among the people who made their homes along the five major rivers: Yukon, Tanana, Susitna, Kuskokwim, and Copper. A nomadic people, Athabascans traveled in small groups to fish, hunt, and trap. Today there… Read More

ANHC ILEAD Program “Adopts” Indigenous Garden

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is currently in the third year of a grant program under Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (ILEAD). “Awake in Our Ancestors’ Dreams” seeks to connect Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 to their indigenous traditions and foster a “survival kit” of knowledge based on their… Read More