Close up photo of traditional Alaska Native woven basket.

Cultural Programs

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to concern about the possible spread of COVID-19, our cultural programs, events, and gatherings have been cancelled until further notice.  Please check our calendar and contact Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs at cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org for updates.


An important part of the community’s vision for the Morris Thompson Center is to keep it filled with vibrant Alaska Native cultural activities. We offer a rich array of programs that you will find educational, inspiring, and endearing. Please see below for information about ongoing programs and check our calendar for special programs coming up. Please note that admission to the center is always free, but there may be admission fees for some of the special programs. These cover the cost of materials and staff to make these unique opportunities available to you.

Events Calendar


2020 Cultural Connections Workshops

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 and color tiles representing Cultural Traditions Workshops

The 2020 line-up of Cultural Traditions Workshops are unique opportunities to learn traditional Alaska Native skills directly from master craftspeople and artists. From skin sewing to drum-making to fish skin baskets and beaded earrings, we’ve got an amazing array of choices for you.

For the second year running, Cultural Traditions Workshops will also be offered in Villages. For more information about those offerings, see our post about them here.

Download the flyer below, and check our “events” section and Facebook page for all the info you need to plan your participation.

Make It & Take It – Jewelry Making

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

family dressed in native clothing

Parka Portraits

Bring home photos of you and your loved ones dressed in extraordinary furs and moose hide garments. Traditional Athabascan garments like these are typically only seen at special events or displayed behind glass at a museum. Here you can examine the beadwork up close, smell the moosehide, and learn how these clothes were made from wolf, muskrat, wolverine and beaver fur.

“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!’”

$70 up to 2 people
$90 for 3 | $100 for 4 | $110 for 5 | $120 for 6
(add $20 for each additional person after 6 people)

June, July & August: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm | September thru May – please call for a reservation

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

native youth dancer

Cultural Connections Show

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

Educational. Inspiring. Endearing.

June, July. and August only. Shows take place Monday-Friday at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.  Admission is $18 per person/$10 for children 10 and under.

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