Native Culture

Browsing Stories from Alaska

Ingenious Inventions: Kayaks, Ulus, Gut-Skin Clothing

For early Alaskans, survival relied on being strong and smart, resilient and resourceful. There was little room for error and no space for waste – everything available served multiple purposes and used to its fullest potential. This lifestyle is embodied in the inspired inventions, tools and clothing created and used every day. Here are three excellent examples of ingenious inventions... Read More

Native American Totem Poles in Alaska

Standing tall, colorful, powerful and somewhat mysteriously are some of Alaska's most intriguing treasures and unique storytellers – Native American totem poles. While beautiful, these intricately and creatively carved and painted cedar tree structures are far more than local Alaska art. The carvings are monuments created by the indigenous Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit artists of the region whose totem poles tell... Read More