Beaver Fur Mittens Cultural Traditions Workshop January 26 & 27

 

In this two-day, hands-on workshop,  you will make your own beaver fur mittens under the direction of esteemed Athabascan skin-sewer Elsie Pitka. The fur, deer skin, a strap of of felt and ribbon and all necessary supplies are included in the workshop price. If you would like a beaded strap on your mittens, you must bring a completed one to the class.

Friday, January 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, January 27 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at the Morris Thompson Center.

Enrollment is limited to the first 15 people to pay the class fee of $250 per student.

For additional information or to sign up, contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907-459-3741, or

cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Moose Hide Slipper Workshop February 17-19

Learn to make moose-hide slippers!  In this 3-day, hands-on workshop you will make your own moose-hide slippers under the direction of Hangwich’in Athabascan beader and skin-sewer Adeline Juneby Potts.

All supplies will be provided, except you must bring your own beaded slipper top.

February 17, 18, & 19:  Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Morris Thompson Center.

Class is limited to the first 15 people to pay class fee of $275.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

First Fridays

Photography by LJ Evans

 

Amy Komar / Painted "plumb bob"

Amy Komar / Painted “plumb bob”

July First Friday artist Amy Reisland-Speer

July First Friday artist Amy Reisland-Speer

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.

January 5, 2018: Photography by LJ Evans:  Destination Deadhorse

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

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…]