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Dancers at the Heritage Center

 

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.

View into the Chugach mountains
  They also give audience members and opportunity to go up on stage and join them, so even though I was with my in-laws and I didn’t want to be foolish, I could not resist the temptation.  Participation with the things around you is always the best way to travel and experience culture. 

                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.

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Dancers at the Heritage Center
Dancers at the Heritage Center
View into the Chugach mountains
View into the Chugach mountains
Me as a professional native dancer.
Me as a professional native dancer.
Traditional homes from the Aleutia…
Traditional homes from the Aleuti…
Delicious Burger joint in Anchorag…
Delicious Burger joint in Anchora…
Tallest chocolate fall
Tallest chocolate fall
View over Anchorage
View over Anchorage
Excellent Pizza & Beer
Excellent Pizza & Beer
inside an Aleutian home.  That hol…
inside an Aleutian home. That ho…
Brenda loves chocolate fountains
Brenda loves chocolate fountains
Steve picking wild blueberries
Steve picking wild blueberries
View of Anchorage
View of Anchorage
Mooses Tooth
Moose's Tooth
Dinner at the Mooses tooth
Dinner at the Moose's tooth
The Dancers
The Dancers
Whale skeleton at the Heritage Cen…
Whale skeleton at the Heritage Ce…
Ulu knife along with other things …
Ulu knife along with other things…
915 km (569 miles) traveled
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