Programs & Events

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Cultural Connections Show

Gwitch’in Athabasan Fiddler Bill Stevens

Enjoy a one-hour stage show featuring traditional music, dancing and storytelling by Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddler Bill Stevens. Alaska Native youth dancers in their beaded moosehide garments join in to demonstrate traditional dances.

Monday – Friday, June – Aug @ 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.
Free Entry/Donations Accepted.

For more information, contact Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs, 907.459.3740, dixie.alexander@tananachiefs.org.

Daily Films & Schedule

Shown throughout the day — FREE!

Join us for free films focused on Alaska’s history, nature, and cultures. Shown 7-days-a-week in our 100 seat, hi-definition theatre or video nook. [Read more…]

Denakkanaaga Beading Class

_U1C9353Every Monday, 2-4 P.M. inside Denakkanaaga’s warm and welcoming Elders’ Living Room. All ages are welcome. Beads, felt and other supplies are provided. For more information, call 907.451.3900 or email receptionist@denakkanaaga.org

Family Portraits in Traditional Athabascan Clothing

The Nelson Family Portrait

Dress the entire family in traditional Athabascan clothing featuring stunning beadwork, moosehide, and wolf, muskrat, wolverine and beaver fur. Take home a family portrait on CD. $55/family, $45/couple, $35/individual

“Visitors come to Alaska from all around the world, and they don’t get a chance to touch Native garments or smell the smoked moosehide.” says Cultural Program Director Dixie Alexander. “We say, ‘Please, put them on!'”

June – Sept, Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm or by appointment. Call Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs, 907.459-3740, dixie.alexander@tananachiefs.org

Field Trips for Kids

Salcha Elementary School student at fur table with Ranger Laurie

Join a National Park Ranger from the Alaska Public Lands Information Center to participate in a customized education program for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students, explore the exhibits, and watch a movie. To schedule a visit for your class or youth group, call the National Park Service education staff at (907) 459-3747, or e-mail faplic_education@nps.gov.

First Fridays

Bones and Stardust by Courtney Huston April 2015 First Friday Artist

 

The first Friday of every month enjoy a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the work of an Interior Alaskan artist.April 3: Bones and Stardust by Courtney Huston – A recent UAF art graduate, Courtney’s most recent series of illustrations focus on the things that we are made of. Constantly inspired by the larger picture of life and what it means, these recent works draw from a quote by American astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson that we are “not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

May 1: Natural Fibers Dress by Mary Matthews – Using the most unconventional of natural fibers, Mary has created a dress made entirely of bird and wasp nests, leaves, mud and birch bark. Her larger-than-life masterpiece is meant to be seen up close. The all-natural gown will be on display throughout the summer.

June 5: Pottery by Heidi Morel

July 3: Paintings by 7-year-old Yurik Luchansky

August 7: Paintings by Amy Reisland-Speer and Music by Grover Neely

September 4: Hand-made guitars by Hugh Garrity

October 2 : Modern animal paintings by Madara Mason

November 6: Raven Show, hosted by the Alaska Songbird Institute

December 4&5: Holiday Art Bazaar, a two-day art fair featuring hand-crafted items made by local artisans.

We are now booking artists for 2015 & 2016. For more information, call Macy at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center at 907.459.3730.

I SPY Scavenger Hunt for Kids

I SpyAn eagle, a moose, a bear and birds–there are more than 15 different animals throughout our exhibits. Kids of all ages can enjoy a self-directed I SPY Scavenger Hunt anytime. Check with the Rangers at the Alaska Public Lands Information counter for your own I SPY worksheet, and see what you can spy with your little eye!

Language Revitalization Class

LOGOEvery Wednesday, 2-4 P.M. inside the Denakkanaaga Elders’ Living Room, Suite 135

Come learn Interior Alaska Native languages from Native Elders in a homey, relaxed environment. All ages are welcome. Refreshments served. For more information, call 907.451.3900 or email receptionist@denakkanaaga.org.

Make It & Take It

Make it Take it 2Make your own porcupine quill earrings with an Alaska Native artist, or choose your colors and watch your earrings come together. June – Sept, Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm. Information:  907.459.3740 or dixie.alexander@tananachiefs.org

Young Native Fiddlers Classes

Young Native Fiddlers perform at Festival of Native Arts. Photo by Ron Brower

Young Native Fiddlers perform at Festival of Native Arts. Photo by Ron Brower

Calling all young fiddler and guitar players! During the school year (Sept – May), the Young Native Fiddlers learn fiddling and guitar from Alaska Native Elder Bill Stevens and other expert musicians. Instruction is in small groups based on skill level every Saturday from 11am-1pm. School aged children (2nd – 12th grade) are welcome. Contact Jean McDermott at 907.456.3435 or ynfiddlers@gmail.com for more information.