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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

July 28 – 30: Half Dry Salmon Smoking & Jarred Pickled Salmon

Starting with fresh Alaska salmon, learn how to gut, clean, cut and salt salmon so it’s ready for the smokehouse. Drive to North Pole and hang fish in traditional smokehouse stoked with alder wood. The next morning, meet in North Pole again to tend to fish in the smokehouse. Take a field trip to identify and cut alder wood, the best wood for smoking fish. Finally, learn to prepare salmon bellies for pickling and jarring in a pressure cooker. You will leave class with a package of half-dry salmon and a jar of pickled salmon.

July 28 & 29 9 am

July 30 5 pm

This class is limited to the first 20 people to pay class fee.

$200 per Student

Interested in Attending?
Contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907-459-3741 OR

Alaska Native Scholarships: Thanks to the generosity of our workshop sponsors, there is one youth scholarship available (covering 90% of class fee) and two adult/elder scholarships
available (covering 50% of class fee). Contact us for more information!

If you cancel your registration 7 days prior to the workshop, you are
entitled to a full refund. If you cancel less than one week prior to the
class, a $50 cancellation fee will be charged.

Make It & Take It

Make it Take it 2Make It &Take It: Work with an Alaska Native artist to create your own pair of dentalium shell or porcupine quill earrings, beaded bracelet, or bear claw* necklace. Learn how porcupine quills are collected and prepared, and how dentalium shells and glass beads became part of traditional Athabascan beadwork.


$30 per person, $20 per person for 3 or more.  Surcharge of $25 for bear claw necklace due to material cost.

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

*In compliance with state law, we use artificial bear claws



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.

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

I SPY Scavenger Hunt for Kids

I Spy

An 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!

Gwich’in Fiddling and Dancing Celebration

Join Trimble Gilbert, Bill Stevens, Pete Peters and other fiddlers for a traditional Gwich’in Fiddle Party. Celebrate with traditional favorites like the Duck Dance, Rabbit Dance, Double Jig, Hankerchief Dance, and Two-Step.

March 15 & 16, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m at the Morris Thompson Center

Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit TCC Cultural Programs Department.

For more info, call Dixie Alexander at 907.459.3740 or dixie.alexander@tananachiefs.org

Spirit of the Wind, Special Showing

Saturday, March 17 @ 11 a.m and 4 p.m. Come see this rare film following the trials and triumphs of sprint mushing legend George Attla. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company will be providing light refreshments before each showing.

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 Heather Hafford at 907.799.0971, or ynfiddlers@gmail.com for more information.

Lettuce and Cabbage and Kale, Oh My!

The Morris Thompson Center has delivered more than 100 pounds of fresh, healthy vegetables to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank so far this summer. Facility Manager Jason Faris doubles as a ‘master gardener’ to care for the Center’s flowers and historic garden. “Since the garden sits next to our historic cabin, all our vegetables are ones that were grown in Fairbanks in 1915,” says Faris. “If you didn’t find it here then, you won’t find it in our garden now.”

Kale, lettuce, cabbage, turnips, sage, thyme and potatoes all go to the Food Bank. The beans are held back, however. Dixie Alexander, the cultural program director at the Center, pickles the beans and uses them throughout the year in her ‘Taste of Alaska’ program. Nothing like eating from the garden all year long!