Ongoing Events — Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Daily Schedule

Special Activities & Free Films

MTCVC Summer 2018 Schedule

Cultural Connections Show

Gwitch’in Athabasan Fiddler Bill Stevens

Cultural Connections Show: Alaska Native youth provide a glimpse into their
culture as they tell stories, sing, and spin across the stage dancing traditional jigs
accompanied by renowned Gwich’in Athabascan fiddler Bill Stevens.

Mon-Fri 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30 pm

June, July & August only

$10 per person / $5 for children 10 & under

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

Portraits in Athabascan Garments

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!'”

$65 family or group of up to six people/$55 couple/$45 individual

Summer: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm – Approximately 30 minutes

Winter: please make a reservation

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

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.

Summer: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm  –  Approximately 30- 45 minutes

Winter: please make reservations

$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

 

 

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!

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.

First Fridays

Photography by LJ Evans

 

The first Friday of each month, join us from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for a reception  featuring the work of an Interior Alaskan artist.

We are now booking artists for  2018. For more information, call the Alaska Public Lands Information Center at (907) 459-3730

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.

Daily Films & Schedule

Films about Alaska 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 and in our cozy video nook.

 

Monday – Friday:

9 am: Our Ancestors’ Heritage (30 mins)

10 am: Aurora: Fire in the Sky (55 mins)

5 pm: America’s Wildest Refuge (55 mins)

6 pm: Gates of the Arctic (30 mins)

7 pm: Voices of the Chena (15 mins)

Saturday & Sunday:

9 am & 10 am:  Our Ancestors’ Heritage (30 mins)

11 am & 12 pm: Aurora: Fire in the Sky (55 mins)

1 pm & 2 pm: America’s Wildest Refuge (55 mins)

3 pm & 4 pm: Gates of the Arctic (30 mins)

5 pm & 6 pm: Aurora: Fire in the Sky (55 mins)

7 pm: Voices of the Chena (15 mins, subtitled)

Assistive listening devices and subtitled and audio described films available on request  – ask at the desk.

Films shown in the winter season at 9 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, & 4 pm, daily. 

The Film schedule (click the link for more info) is subject to change.