Special Events | Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

2019 Cultural Traditions Workshops

For reservations or information about these workshops, contact TCC Cultural Programs at (907) 459-3741 or cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Cowhide Moccasins | Oline Petruska |December 2018 | Nikolai | In December 2018, Cultural Traditions Workshops hit the road – well, not quite.  The Cultural Traditions Workshops was actually off the road,  in Nikolai!  Oline Petruska teaches how to make cowhide moccasins in the first rural edition of the Cultural Traditions Workshops.

Beaded Gloves with Fur | Lena McCarty | January 2019 | Ruby

Beaded Strap | Ariel Miller | January & February 2019 | Native village of Tetlin

Beaver Fur Hat | Fran Lambert | January 25-27 2019 | MTCVC

Moose Hide Baby Booties | Dixie Alexander | March 1-3 2019 | MTCVC

Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance | Dance Lessons | March 13-16 2019 | MTCVC

Fish Skin Tanning and Basket Making| Audrey Armstrong | July 16-19, 2019| MTCVC

Birch Bark Baskets | Lena Tickett | September 13-15 2019 | MTCVC

Make your own Beaded Christmas Gifts | ornament, zipper pull, key-chain | Dixie Alexander | October 4-6 2019 | MTCVC

Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance | Dance Lessons | November 6-9 2019 | MTCVC

Beading, Tufting, Porcupine Quill Work | Date & Instructor TBD | MTCVC

Cultural Connections Show

Cultural Connections Show: Enjoy this live performance featuring Alaska Native youth sharing dances, music and stories about their culture.

Educational. Inspiring. Endearing.


June 7 – August 16

Shows take place Monday-Friday at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.  Admission is $10 per person/$5 for children 10 and under.

For additional information, contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907.459.3741 or cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

June 7, 2019: Living Alaskan! First Friday with Artist Betsy Bear

Join us for our First Friday art exhibition on Friday, June 7, 2019 5-8 pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.



May 3, 2019: Flights of Fancy – Recycled Cardboard Sculptures and Mosaics

Join us for our First Friday art exhibition on Friday, May 3rd, 5-8 p.m. at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Our featured artist this month is Kassandra Mirosh. Kassandra Mirosh is a long time Alaskan resident. Her art reflects a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the state. She is inspired not only by landscapes, but also by the amazing adaptations that allow animals and plants to live in harsh environments. Her a allows her to observe nature in a variety of mediums. She creates glass mosaics, drawings, watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, collage and recycled cardboard sculptures. Currently, Kassandra teaches Art, English, US History and Spanish in Healy, Alaska.

Gwich’in Fiddle Dance – March 13-16, 2019

Join us at the Morris Thompson Center on the evenings of March 13, 14, 15 & 16 for Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance – a family-friendly dance for all ages. Two step, Double Jig, Duck Dance, Square Dance, Rabbit Dance, Handkerchief Dance & Neets’ee Tlyaa. Doors open at 6:30 pm and we’ll dance till after midnight.  Dance lessons all four nights from 7-8 pm for those unsure of the steps.  Food and refreshments included until they run out. See you soon!

$15 adults/$10 for kids 10 and under