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


Showing of the film "Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter"

Bear Tooth Theater  5:30 pm & 8:00 pm

Dance was at the heart of Yup'ik Eskimo spiritual and social life. Uksuum Cauyai is an ethnographic documentary on the culture of the Yup'ik people, focusing primarly on dance, music and potlatch traditions in the community of Emmonak, on the shore of the Bering Sea. The film was produced through a "community-collaborative process" in which the subjects of the documentary had significant input as to the film's content and presentation. 


Showing of the film "Spirit Of The Wind" The George Attla Story

Gerrish Library in Girdwood, Alaska   6:00 pm

The movie is a semi-biographical story based upon the early life and rise to prominence of Koyukon Athabascan dog musher George Attla Jr. aka "the Huslia Hustler." As a young boy he contracted tuberculosis and spent seven years in a government hospital 1,000 miles away from his home. His life was saved, but his leg was permanently stiffened by an operation that fused his knee. This never stopped him in winning the Fur Rendezvous World Championship race 10 times, as well as 8 championships in the Open North American Championship race and placing 5th in the Iditarod in 1973. A very amazing movie about one of our very own stars here in Alaska! This is a film you won't want to miss!


Smithsonian Spotlight

Anchorage Museum  7:00 pm

Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar and Anchorage Museum Conservator Sarah Owens discuss spruce root basketry through collaborative projects where they investigated and reverse engineered the use of this locally-harvested, raw material. Teri is a master weaver and has researched Tlingit basketry in museums around the world. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition “It’s All Material.”


First Friday featuring Danielle Larsen and Eve Mendenhall

Alaska Native Arts Foundation 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Intertribal Gathering

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

Living Traditions Dance Troupe: The Living Traditions Dance Troupe is comprised of various championship artists, each bringing his/her own cultural values and ideals, and expressing them through dance movements. The Group involves a variety of dancers, including but not limited to representatives from the following tribes: Hopi, Dine', Lakota, Seminole, Creek, Hidatsa, Apache and Choctaw.

Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancer:  Debuting their new CD titled:  Our Dance

See a sneak peek of the Production: Spirit – The 7th Fire of Alaska: Dancers from Alaska Dance Theatre, Living Traditions Dance Troup, Mt Susitna Drummer and Dancers and the Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers will perform Spirit Dance:


Brian Adams book signing for "I Am Alaskan"

Alaska Native Arts Foundation Noon - 4:00 pm


Alaska Native Heritage Month Wells Fargo Free Day

Anchorage Museum 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month with live performances and hands-on activities. Enjoy a performance by Anchorage Tlingit and Haida Dancers, Yurapik Drummers and Dancers, and Unangan Dancers. Make a mini version of a Tlingit button blanket. Sharpen your hunting skills with traditional games. Learn from touchable historical objects in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. General admission is free all day thanks to Wells Fargo. Please note: During free events, fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows.


Trunk Show with Eva Bryant and Jolene Petticrew

Alaska Native Arts Foundation Noon - 4:00 pm


The Howard Rock and Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala

Hotel Captain Cook      

VIP Reception: 5:00 pm Doors Open: 6:00 pm   Gala: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm   

You're invited to a Uniquely Alaskan Event to Honor Alaska Native Peoples and our Friends by announcing the honorees of The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Awards.

Proceeds will help the First Alaskans Institute in its efforts to empower young Native leaders, sustain their renowned internship program, and grow and support healthy, thriving communities.

"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 


Trunk Show with Ed Mighell and Percy Avugiak

Alaska Native Arts Foundation Noon - 4:00 pm