Dena’ina Athabascans were living in the Anchorage area long before Europeans arrived. Today, more than 20 native languages are spoken in the state, and Anchorage remains Alaska’s most diverse city—the perfect setting for exploring Native Alaskan culture. Here are some of the best ways to experience it during your visit.
- Watch song, dance, and sport performances at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
- See more than 600 Alaska Native artifacts within the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum.
- Visit six recreated life-size dwellings at Lake Tiulana to learn more about Native Alaskans’ day-to-day life.
- Browse Alaska Native art in the shops and galleries spread throughout Anchorage.
- Book a scenic sightseeing tour of Anchorage to learn more about its multicultural history.
- Take a day trip to Talkeetna to learn how the area’s first residents survived the harsh Susitna Valley winters.