Alaska: Native Culture

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  1. Day 3, I stayed in Anchorage and focused on in-town activities. The Alaskan Native Heritage Center was a great place to learn about the local native communities. Before the Cold War, far northwestern tribes moved seamlessly between land that is in the US and in Russia. Sadly when the Iron Curtain went up, families were separated. To this day they speak the same language on both sides of the border. Here's a dance honoring the culture of the Alaskan Native communities. #BrownGirlsFly. #BGFinAlaska.
  2. Standing inside the longhouse (the village communal dwelling) and gazing out at the surrounding grounds. #BrownGirlsFly. #BGFinAlaska.
    Standing inside the longhouse (the village communal dwelling) and gazing out at the surrounding grounds. #BrownGirlsFly. #BGFinAlaska.
  3. Segment of a shorter totem pole decorating the inside of the longhouse. #BrownGirlsFly learning about native culture. #BGFinAlaska.
    Segment of a shorter totem pole decorating the inside of the longhouse. #BrownGirlsFly learning about native culture. #BGFinAlaska.
  4. Totem pole surrounded by dandelions. Each segment tells a story about the family and tribal community that the tótem belongs to. #BrownGirlsFly. Day 3. #BGFinAlaska.
    Totem pole surrounded by dandelions. Each segment tells a story about the family and tribal community that the tótem belongs to. #BrownGirlsFly. Day 3. #BGFinAlaska.
  5. Whale bones on display on the grounds of the heritage center. Whales traditionally have been a source of food, fuel, raw materials for tribes in the area. #BrownGirlsFly day 3. #BGFinAlaska.
    Whale bones on display on the grounds of the heritage center. Whales traditionally have been a source of food, fuel, raw materials for tribes in the area. #BrownGirlsFly day 3. #BGFinAlaska.
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