Enjoying the Native Culture of Alaska
Many people travel to Alaska to experience nature, but don't forget that there is a rich culture here as well. Alaska is home to a large percentage of Native Alaskans, many of whom have passed down traditional customs to the youth of today and who still live simply by the ways their people have always lived. One of the most interesting dynamics in the world is the interweaving of Alaskan culture with the modern world.
There are a number of native cultures represented in Alaska, including the Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsmshian in the Inside Passage region; the Yup'ik, Cup'ik, Aleut, and Alutiiq in the Southwest and Southcentral regions; the Athebascan in the Interior region, and Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yup'ik in the Far North. These groups can be divided into three larger groups - Indian (or, Native American), Eskimo (or, Inuit), and Aleut.
If you want to learn more about these groups, make sure to include some cultural stops on your RV adventure. You could also get a tourism job in Alaska and stay a lot longer - you'll learn much more!
There are a number of museums, tours, and historical sites you can visit, including the following:
- Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- National Archives Pacific Alaska Region
- Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center
- Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center
- Alaska State Museum
Along your trip, take a moment to ask about the native cultures in whatever areas you visit. You may be surprised to learn that there are quite a number of small, interesting places to visit and learn more about this kind of history.