Educator: Cultural Resources

Here, you will find a list of resources aimed at a "deeper dive" into cultural knowledge, culturally-relevant teaching and learning. These resources include place-based organizations that promote cultural learning.

Title URL Information
Alaska Association for Bilingual Education (AKABE) http://www.
ankn.uaf.edu/
NPE/ANEA
/AKABE/
AKABE supports and promotes learning of heritage languages at both the K12 and adult levels.
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) https://www.
native
federation.
org/
AFN was formed in 1966 to settle land claims. Today, it is the principal Alaska Native forum and voice for public policy and governance issues. Their mission is to “enhance and promote the cultural, economic, and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community.”
Alaska Native Heritage Centre https://www.
alaska
native.net/
Promotes understanding of all of Alaska’s Native cultures and traditions. Located in Anchorage, it offers permanent collections, live-sized village sites, and immersive educational programs. Offers many programs and resources for teachers and students.
Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) http://www.
ankn.uaf.edu/
A repository for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. Offices are located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Resources, including lesson plans, are available on the website. The website also includes a downloadable link to the Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge (http://ankn.uaf.edu/publications/Knowledge.pdf) As well, the ANKN publications page includes a variety of books, ebooks, posters, and other material focused on Alaska Native worldviews, lifestyles, history, education and more. In addition to the Alaska Cultural Standards and Guidelines, publications available on this page include: Culturally grounded posters; A Yupiaq Worldview; Howard Luke: My Own Trail; Alaska Native Science: A Curriculum Guide; Sharing Our Pathways: Native Perspectives on Education in Alaska; Alaska Native Education: Views from Within
Association of Interior Native Educators (AINE) https://www.
ainealaska.org/
This non-profit advocates for educational issues affecting Alaska Natives and their communities. The website includes links to teacher resources, curriculum, information on learning styles, and using Elders as teachers. Information about the Alaska Native Educators Conference can also be found on this website.
First Alaskans Institute https://first
alaskans.org/
This non-profit stewards relationships between Alaska Natives and the non-Native communities of Alaska. The institute focuses on collaboration, information and research, community engagement, and leadership development to promote the true identity, heritage, and values of Alaska Natives.
Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) https://www.
inuitcircum
polar.com/
ICC is an international NGO that represents Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka. Website includes many reports that could be of use to educators.
World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education https://wipce
2022.net/
Major international event focused on reconciling challenges between traditional Indigenous learning systems and formal “western” education. Speakers from across the globe address strategies for culturally grounded education.
Native American Heritage Month https://native
american
heritage
month.gov/
Native American Heritage month happens each year in November. It is an opportunity to highlight Native American, Alaska Native, and Indigenous culture and recognize the many contributions have made to our collective histories. It is also a time when we can acknowledge past wrongs and honor the living Nations among us. Educator resources come from The Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and Smithsonian Folklife Magazine.
Alaska.org—Nome Museums and Cultural Centers https://www.
alaska.org/
destination/
nome/
museums
This page of the “Alaska.org” website is dedicated to Nome museums and cultural centers. This could be a good starting point for students and teachers doing research on the area. There are links to the Carrie M McLain Memorial Museum, the Kawerak Katirvik Culural Center, and the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve Visitor Center.
Alaska Native Place Names Project https://akplace
names.org/
This website is a collaboration between the Alaska Native Language Center and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive record of Indigenous place names of Alaska.
Kawerk Katirvik Cultural Center https://kawerak.
org/cultural-
development/
katirvik-
cultural-center/
The Kawerak museum’s mission is to “preserve, celebrate, share, and educate” about the peoples of the Bering Strait Region of Alaska. This is a valuable resource for new teachers coming to the area from Outside. Here, visitors can learn about the culture, language, values, and traditions of the Central Yup'ik, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Iñupiaq peoples of the region.
Kawerak - Our Region https://kawerak.
org/our-region/
A short explanation of the tribes and communities that comprise the Bearing Straight Region. Provides contact information for each community.
Kawerak - Eskimo Heritage Program https://kawerak.
org/cultural-
development/
eskimo-heritage-program/
Kawerak’s Eskimo Heritage Program (EHP) was created in 1981 to record and preserve cultural information related to the Region’s culture and history, and makes them available for research and educational purposes
AIANTA - American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association https://www.
aianta.org/
Organization with the mission to define, introduce, grow and sustain traditional values in the development of toursim.