AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will celebrate
its Opening Day for the summer season on Mother's Day, May 9,
2004. To recognize the support the local community has given the
Center and to celebrate Mother's Day, ANHC has dropped admission
rates for this celebration. Mothers will be admitted free and
everyone else pays only $1. Opening Day at ANHC also marks the
beginning of the summer season with its new hours, 9am to 6pm
daily. The theme for summer 2004 will be, "Living from the
Land and Sea".
Day is our way of thanking the local community for its overwhelming
support for our winter programs", stated Jonathon Ross, President
and CEO. "We are also very excited about the plans for our
sixth year of summer programming and our new theme. We will be offering
cultural and educational activities this summer that will inspire
Alaskans and visitors from around the world."
Day will feature many activities for families, including Native
games, storytelling and arts and crafts. There will be performances
by the King Island Singers and Dancers of Anchorage, Miracle Drummers
and Dancers, John Anderson, Pilot Bread Band and the Alaska Native
Heritage Center's Dance Group.
late Paul Tiulana founded the King Island Dancers and Singers in
the 1970's to preserve the traditional values and rich heritage
of the King Island people. The Bureau of Indian Affairs relocated
the King Island people to Nome in the 1960's and Tiulana was dedicated
to keeping their rich traditions alive. Most of the dance equipment
and dance masks the group uses today were hand made by Paul and
his son, Eugene. The King Island Dancers and Singers have performed
all over Alaska and the world.
Drummers and Dancers are tradition bearers from the Yup'ik culture
and have been performing together since 1994. Members of this group
are artists who created much of the dancing accoutrements they use
while performing. The group is dedicated to promoting alcohol and
drug free communities.
Anderson, Eyak and Mexican, is a Native guitar picker who offers
a wide variety of music from the 50's and 60's. He was deeply influenced
by the music of Chet Atkins and spent 7 months playing with Atkins
in Nashville, TN. Anderson has performed at the Governor's mansion
in Nashville, Cordova Arts and Pageants, Alaska Folk Festival in
Juneau, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and the Alaska Airman's
Pilot Bread Band is a newly formed group from the villages of Kipnuk,
Toksook Bay, Hooper Bay & Golovin. Members of the band are Inupiaq
& Yup'ik Eskimos. They choose the name Pilot Bread because it
is a staple food for all the cultures of Alaska.
Alaska Native Heritage Center Dance Group was created in the fall
of 2001 as part of the ANHC's After-School Program for Alaska Native
high school students. The initial vision was to offer a performance
component to the students, teaching them traditional Native dance
(Yup'ik Eskimo dancing). The group has studied with master dance
instructors from throughout the state, expanding its performance
repertoire to include Tsimshian, Inupiaq and Aleut singing and dancing.
2004 theme, "Living from the Land and Sea", will focus
on the ability of Alaska's first people to sustain themselves from
resources available to them within the diverse regions of the state
before Euro-American contact and how the introduction of new technology
and beliefs about these resources has impacted the Native way of
Memberships will be discounted during the month of May. New and
renewing members can purchase annual memberships at 10% off the
regular price. Members receive benefits including free admission
to ANHC, discounts on non-consignment items at ANHC Heritage Gifts,
discounts on classes and free guest passes. Memberships will be
available on Opening Day or by calling 330-8000. More information
about the various types of membership can be found at www.alaskanative.net/20.asp.
can experience the five recreated village sites that illustrate
the traditional structures in a typical village before or shortly
after contact with non-Native cultures. Knowledgeable tour guides
will share the history, culture and traditions of each site.
Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that
is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate
and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people.
It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage,
just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more
information about other events and programs, visit www.alaskanative.net