Alaskan Heritage Center
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No set plans today. The eight of us met up at the hotel and decided to try the Alaska Native Heritage Center. It was a little pricey at $24 per person but the money goes towards the culture reeducation program & revitalization efforts.
A native dance started as we arrived. It was different than I imagined. They stayed stationary and only moved their arms. The motions all told a story and the clothing was simple, but still attractive. Some of the clothing was traditional with wolf fur and caribou hide, but the drums were made with old materials from Home Depot.
The walk through the center was very nice, with one half of it being outdoors. We walked through traditional homes for natives from all parts of Alaska and then walked indoors viewing their history through European and Russian contact. Inside there were Native craftsman selling jewelry, carvings and other cultural items.
We then drove up to a lookout over the city of Anchorage and decided to lay low till dinner. The lookout was very cool, some good hiking opportunities nearby and some wild blueberries that tasted delicious. However after we left, Brenda and I went back to Janet’s for some tea or a nap and met up for dinner at the “Moose’s Tooth” which was an excellent pizza joint. Once they open in the morning you wont be able to find parking there the rest of the day. And they make their own beer which was very delicious, anything from a Red Lager, to heavy hops, fruity beers and more, they had it all.