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Alaska Native masks in the Living Our Cultures exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. Photo by Chuck Choi.
Alaska Native masks in the Living Our Cultures exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. Photo by Chuck Choi.

The educational resources provided below come from collaborative research and documentation with Alaska Native artists and communities by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska. Please feel free to share the curricula and adapt lessons to meet class needs. The documents are high-resolution to provide you with the best-quality, and we thank you for your patience while the PDFs download.

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska

Learn about all Alaska Native cultures through thirteen themes that range from geography to seasonal knowledge to ceremonies. Includes correlations to national content standards.

Gifts from the Land: Lifeways and Quill Art of the Athabascan Peoples

Learn about the Athabascan peoples of Alaska: their traditional values and knowledge, languages, subsistence lifeways and historic artifacts, with a focus on porcupines as a local
resource and its quills as an artistic material. Includes correlations to Alaska state standards and culturally responsive schools.

Salmon Give Life: Learning from Alaska's First Peoples

Learn about subsistence in Alaska, with a focus on salmon, and about utilizing local resources to survive and thrive from Alaska Natives. Includes correlations to Alaska state standards and culturally responsive schools.

Listen & Learn Iñupiaq

Learn about the lifeways, languages and cultural traditions of the Iñupiaq peoples in Northwest Alaska.

Listen & Learn Yupik

Learn about the lifeways, languages and cultural traditions of the Yupik people on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.

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