Celebrating Alaska's Native Culture
The Most Diverse State of America
Alaska continues to be home to a diverse group of aboriginal people who first called the Last Frontier their home many thousands of years prior to the miners and merchants of the Gold Rush. The three main groups - Athabasca Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts - are collectively referred to as Alaska Natives. However, separately, they represent different cultures, languages and beliefs.
No other state in America holds such a broad range of Native cultures as Alaska. From the Inupiat (In-OOPY-at) Eskimos of Barrow, just above the Arctic Circle, to the Tlingit (CLINK-it) Indians of Ketchikan on the tip of Southeast Alaska, Native cultural diversity is a hallmark of the state. For the traveler who wants to explore Alaska Native villages independently, we suggest you contact a regional or statewide tourism organization to find out which communities are the easiest to get to from the state's population centers.
Join the Celebration
Alaska's festivals are an experience for everyone. Feasts and ceremonial gatherings have always been integral to Native Alaskan culture. These are often occasions of both social and economic importance to the community. We know it is subjective but we particular enjoy: The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is an annual arts festival held in Fairbanks, Alaska on the campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks. It most commonly occurs in the last two weeks of July. Participants can take part in workshops in classical music, gospel, jazz, bluegrass, World music, opera/musical theatre, dance, visual arts, literary arts, and healing arts. Workshops are geared towards adults of all ability levels. Winter events help Alaskans fight off cabin fever which is not a problem in summer. With festivals abound, Alaskans do not lack in reasons to celebrate this beautiful state.