Native Cultures

These individual objects are also available:

  • Grass basket (Yup'ik)
  • Dance fans (Yup'ik)
  • Yup'ik mask pictures
  • Mukluks
  • Sealskin hat
  • Yukon River Fish Camp DVD

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Traditional Games Kit

How are games related to culture? Are they linked to the environment in which people live? Play these games and test your coordination, memory, and physical skills while learning about Alaska Native cultures. Tell a story with a storyknife and make an Eskimo yo-yo. You can even organize a “Games of the North” championship!

What’s in the Kit?

Eskimo yo-yo object and info sheet
Make an Eskimo yo-yo activity
Quoits tossing game replicas and explanation sheet
Storyknives replicas and explanation sheet
Bird game replicas and explanation sheet
Sticks game replicas and explanation sheet
Games of the North DVD & activity
10 games to play physical activity cards
Kickball object (for display only)

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Alaska Native Games; Traditional Games; Leisure Time; Storytelling

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Whale Culture Kit

Whales are an important part of coastal Alaskan cultures, particularly Iñupiat culture. Diet, art, and celebrations highlight this special relationship with whales. Discover Alaskan artifacts made from or related to whales.


What’s in the Kit?

Bowhead whale sculpture
Baleen basket object
Whalebone mask object
Toggling harpoon head object
2 walrus carvings: a bowhead whale and a beluga objects
Baleen carved ulu object
Scrimshaw &/or whale soap carving activities
Muktuk & Iñupiaq whale culture info sheets
Whaling boats and tools info sheet
Gift of the Whale book 
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Whales; Culture; Art; Iñupiat

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Caribou Kit

Learn about the caribou (Rangifer tarandus)  and its uses by Alaska Native cultural groups. Touch a pelt, antlers and tracks; try recipes; see clothing made from caribou; and make your own antlers.

What’s in the Kit?

Caribou jaw
Caribou antlers object
Caribou calf pelt object
Caribou track mold object
Caribou scenery wall hanging object
Life-size caribou wall hanging object
Caribou skin booties objects
Caribou skin mukluk object
2 tool fragments objects
Caribou antler root pick object
Yupik dance fans object
Caribou skin mask object
Reindeer antler object
Sinew object & activity
Reindeer material uses activity
Object guessing game activity
Make your own caribou antlers activity
Caribou recipe booklet activity
Caribou fact sheets info, coloring page, pictures
Caribou book
Reindeer Roundup book
Reindeers herders of the world pictures and map

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Caribou; Reindeer; Rangifer tarandus; Yupik

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Southeast Alaska Cultures Kit

Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska share a rich cultural heritage. Learn to recognize and reproduce formline designs. Become familiar with regalia, crest objects, totems, and potlatches through the observation of objects and pictures.

What’s in the Kit?

Chilkat robe
object & activity
Decorative carved bowl object
Bentwood box object
Cedar bark vase cover object
Cedar bark strips objects & pictures
Cedar bark pouch object
Piece of cedar object
Mountain goat wool, sinew, cedar root objects
Abalone button object
Button blanket sampler object
Totem pole miniatures objects & activity
Paddle miniature object
Online museum object quest activity
Explore Southeast Alaska art forms activity
Storm Boy book
Art of the Totem book
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Southeast; Northwest Coast; Tlingit; Haida; Tsimshian; Formline Design; Totems; Potlatch; Regalia

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Athabascan Kit

The Athabascan people have lived in Interior Alaska for thousands of years. The 11 distinct language groups share traditional seasonal activities and use similar resources for their art. Examine and compare birch bark baskets, look at beaded artwork, and discuss seasonal activities.


What’s in the Kit?

3 birch bark baskets
objects & activity
Baby carrier object
Birch bark canoe model object
Freight sled model object
Babiche (moose hide strapping) object
Beaded moosehide objects (moccasin, barrette, beaded purse, knife sheath)
Ceremonial chief's necklace object
Athabascan photos object
Beadwork & paper mittens activities
Traditional seasonal round activities
Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska map
The Athabaskans: People of the Boreal Forest book
Tools for teachers DVD
Object images and historical photographs posters
Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living exhibition catalog
Tanaina Plantlore: an Ethnobotany of the Denai'na Indians of Southcentral Alaska book
Sukdu Neł Nuhtghelnek: I'll Tell You A Story: Stories I Recall From Growing Up On Iliamna Lake book
Making a whitefish trap DVD

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Athabascan; Dene; Interior; Art; Seasonal Round; Birch Bark; Baskets

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