Ongoing Events | Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

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!'”

$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

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

 

 

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

 

On select First Fridays throughout the year, join us from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for an evening of activities including a reception featuring the work of an Interior Alaskan artist.  Check our “Special Events” tab and Facebook page for info about upcoming First Fridays.

To inquire about showing your art at a future First Friday event, 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.