All events take place in Anchorage, Alaska. If you have questions about these events, please contact the sponsoring entity listed or Alaska Native Heritage Month President Shyanne Beatty at


Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living

Anchorage Museum

On view through Jan. 12, 2014

About half of Alaska’s residents live in traditional Dena’ina territory but most have little general knowledge about the indigenous people who have called Southcentral Alaska home for more than 1,000 years. The Anchorage Museum has set out to change that with the first major exhibition ever presented about the Dena’ina Athabascan people: “Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living.” Meet the Dena’ina through film, life-size re-creations, archival images and more than 160 artifacts on loan from museums across Europe and North America. Rare objects include a caribou antler war club, waterproof bear gut parka, and dall sheep horn bowl collected by Captain Cook’s 1778 expedition.



Alaska Native Heritage Month First Friday

Tap Root

FIRST FRIDAY showing by DIASPORA: A collective of contemporary Native artists with an indigenous vision for art in Alaska. This is a group show to build awareness through  expression in honor of Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The Shoot Dangs from 9pm-1am



Intertribal Gathering/Dena'ina Day

Alaska Native Heritage Center 10:00am -5:00pm

The Alaska Native Heritage Center celebrates Alaska Native and American Indian Heritage month with its annual Intertribal Gathering.  This year the ANHC will partner with the Anchorage Museum’s Dena’ina Exhibit and feature Dena’ina performing and visual artists, as well as films. 

Special Guest Performing Artists: 

 Dena’ina Dance Groups: 

  • Yah Ne Da Ah School
  • Kenaitze Dance Group
  • Ida'ina K'eljeshna Dancers

 Intertribal Dancing and Drumming:

  • Mt Susitna Drum
  • Seven Buffalo Drum Group

Admission is free!



Showing of the film "People Of A Feather"

Bear Tooth Theater  5:30 pm & 8:00 pm

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada's Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. 

Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.

(90 minutes)



Showing of the famous film "ESKIMO"

Cyrano's at 4th and D  7:00 pm

Mala was a twenty -seven year old Inupiat Eskimo from Candle , Alaska when he starred in ESKIMO and became an overnight sensation. ESKIMO won an Oscar for editing in 1933 and was shot in Teller Alaska.   

HANDSOME RAY WISE MALA BECAME THE FIRST NONWHITE ACTOR TO PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN A HOLLYWOOD FILM. The camera loved him, and so did the movie goers. Mala made more than twenty-five films over three decades, playing Hawaiians, South Pacific Islanders, American Indians etc.  Mala was also a highly skilled cameraman and was the cinematographer on many films including Alfred Hitchcock's SHADOW OF A DOUBT…..said to be Hitchcock's favorite film.

This event is free, but let's get inspired to donate to get Ray Mala his star on Hollywood Blvd that he so richly deserves.   



Smithsonian Spotlight Curator Insights

Anchorage Museum 7 p.m.

Join curator Aaron Leggett (Dena’ina) for an insider view of “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living” – the first major exhibition about Dena’ina Athabascan culture. Free




Alaska Native Heritage Month Wells Fargo Free Day

Anchorage Museum 2pm to 4 pm

Celebrate Alaska Native cultures through drumming, dancing, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Enjoy a performance by the Yurapik Drummers and Dancers and demonstrations by Alutiiq carver Andrew Abyo and the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Native Youth Olympic team. Learn how to use traditional Yup’ik story knives to tell a tale. Museum general admission is free all day thanks to Wells Fargo.



Brown Bag Film Series -Tebughna: The Beach People

Anchorage Museum       Noon

Watch how life in one village was transformed over a two-decade period of rapid change, from 1964 to 1984. This documentary about the Dena'ina Athabascan village of Tyonek includes historical footage of traditional lifeways and offers a glimpse of the impact of oil exploration. This film series is held in conjunction with “Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living,” the first major exhibition presented about the Dena’ina Athabascan people. Included with admission (57 minutes)



Alaska Native Visionary Awards and Wear Art Thou? Fashion Show

Egan Civic and Convention Center                     6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

The Alaska Native Heritage Month committee and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation presents the Alaska Native Visionary Awards and the Wear Art Thou? Fashion Show. 

The Wear Art Thou? Fashion Show features both contemporary and traditional wearable art created by Alaska Native designers. Cutting edge clothing, jewelry, accessories and footwear showcasing traditional materials and techniques. Come enjoy free food, silent auction and door prizes.

The Alaska Native Visionary Awards aims to recognize and honor Alaskan Natives who are perpetuating and preserving culture through artistic and visionary ventures such as film, photography, music, visual and literary art, performance art and so much more.

Anyone who purchases tickets gets into a drawing for ROUND TRIP tickets on JetBlue!

Tickets available at




"How Does the Media Shape Our Perceptions of Alaska Native Peoples?"

Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room 6pm to 7:30pm

Join Mark Trahant, UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism and APU faculty, community leaders and your neighbors for an informal exploration of the themes in Brooke Gladstone’s book,


The Influencing Machine. How are these themes relevant to ourselves, our community and our state?


Cook Inlet Historical Society: "Working as a Dena’ina Anthropologist Conducting Research with My People

Anchorage Museum  7:30 p.m.

Karen Evanoff (Dena’ina), a National Park Service anthropologist, highlights the important work being conducted by Lake Clark National Park staff to document the history and culture of the local Dena’ina people. This event is part of the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s monthly lecture series. For more information contact Jim Barnett at



Alaska Center for the Book

UAA Bookstore  5:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.

The ways in which Alutiiq tradition and language shape contemporary literature is the focus of Dr. Alisha Drabek's discussion on "Ancestral Ways, New Words".

Drabek is the new executive director of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak. She is a Kodiak resident and Alutiiq tribal member, with ties to Afognak and Kodiak. Drabek is also one of the first Alutiiq second language speakers of her generation, which she learned as an apprentice to Kodiak elders



The Howard Rock and Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala

Captain Cook

VIP Party: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Gala: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm   

You're invited to a Uniquely Alaskan Event to Honor Alaska Native Peoples and our Friends!
"Remember those who have helped us, show our young people that we believe in them and share the pride in our cultures." Willie Iggiagruk Hensley, First Alaskans Institute Board Chair

Proceeds benefit the First Alaskans Institute. The menu is uniquely Alaska Native - Pilot Bread is in the house!