Alaska Native Cultures

Ancient Civilizations, Native Tribal Communities & Archaeological Finds

The customs, cultures and lifestyles of Alaska’s 100,000 Native people and Indian tribes are varied and alive in every region of America’s largest state. No matter where you travel, you will find rich Alaska Native culture in languages and traditions; subsistence hunting and fishing; drumming, singing and storytelling; art, crafts, totem poles and clothing; and displays of community, strength and athleticism.

There are more than 200 federally recognized Indian tribes in Alaska today. Their lifestyles, languages, clothing and art vary by tribe and region. There are many opportunities to experience it all – Alaska Native culture and history is vibrant, living and woven into every region of the state. Many museums and community cultural centers have rich displays of Alaska Native content, and there are also annual cultural events and tours led by Alaska Native people who are proud to tell the stories of their people.

The best way to appreciate the cultures of Alaska’s First People is to experience them firsthand. Most Alaska towns and Alaska Native villages have cultural centers or gathering places that display the region’s history, arts and crafts, as well as host events. Special venues span the state, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage; the Inupiat Heritage Museum in Barrow; the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka; the Totem Heritage Center and the Totem Bight State Historical Park in and near Ketchikan; the Sitka National Historical Park; the Alaska State Museum in Juneau; and the Totem Park in Saxman.

During your explorations around the state, be sure to look out for events that spotlight traditional Alaska Native sports. These games showcase challenges of strength, balance and mental toughness that also pay tribute to lifestyles and survival in the north. Check community calendars for Alaska Native games like the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Native Youth Olympics.

You can also take some of the most amazing Alaska Native art home with you, from delicate porcupine earrings and qiviut (the magically soft underfur of musk ox) scarves to ulus and hand-carved masks. In Anchorage, the Alaska Native Medical Center has some of the state’s best Alaska Native artwork displayed in its stairwells and a wide selection of art and jewelry for sale in its gift shop.

Browsing 16 tours related to Alaska Native Cultures

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $459 / per person

Fly north from Fairbanks on a one-hour evening flight to above Alaska’s Arctic Circle. Land along the Yukon River at the Athabaskan village of Fort Yukon. Upon landing meet... View Tour Details

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $1090 / per person

Bettles Lodge is a remote and beautiful Alaska wilderness lodge, rustic in style yet modern in terms of its facility, built originally in 1948 and located 35 miles north of the Arctic... View Tour Details

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $1090 / per person

Alaska’s Bettles Lodge is a remote, beautiful, rustic yet modern facility built originally in 1948, located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle and easily reached from... View Tour Details

Escorted Tour
Duration: 10 Days
Starting at: $2079 / per person

This “Grand Alaska” escorted bus tour gives you the experience of a lifetime in the 49th state! Travel by deluxe motor coach with an expert guide who will inform and... View Tour Details

Duration: 11 Days
Starting at: $2889 / per person

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you relax travelling by bus and by railroad between all the best destinations in Alaska including Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park,... View Tour Details

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $2375 / per person

A vacation to St. Paul and the Pribilof Islands is truly a unique way to experience Alaska as well as an iconic Alaska birding destination. These two volcanic Alaskan islands are... View Tour Details

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1929 / per person

Be adventurous and visit Alaska in the Winter season! This 8 day winter journey by bus from Anchorage in Alaska includes time for winter sports, relaxation at Alyeska Ski Resort, and... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $66 / per person

The perfect Fairbanks trip combines river views and Alaska Native history and traditions! Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $99 / per person

This narrated sightseeing day exploring Anchorage brings you to Anchorage’s historical points of interests, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood-the busiest private seaplane... View Tour Details