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ANHC Honor Our Elders Celebration

Honor Your Elders – They Show You the Way in Life


New to the ANHC summer programming was the subsistence component, offering interns the opportunity to learn and participate in various subsistence activities.

Interns learned how to hunt, harvest, and gather from the land and waters. Interns took numerous fishing trips to Kenai, Kasilof, and Whittier to fill the smokehouse on campus, gathered berries, and successfully hunted 4 seals. They built drying racks for processing seal skin, maintained the smokehouse where fish were dried and smoked, and interacted from guests visiting during the summer season.

The subsistence element enlivened the Center even more, bringing people together to practice and share cultural customs and traditions.  At the end of the summer, the interns had processed 25 bags of frozen seal meat, 24 small jars of seal oil, 6 large jars of seal oil, 46 bags of dried and fileted red and dolly fish, 9 bags of dried and frozen hooligan fish, 7.5 quarts of berries, and harvested an abundance of spruce root and birch bark.

Our theme at ANHC is “Honor Your Elders- They Show You the Way in Life.” Our Elders are our living treasures and we recognize the important role they play in the livelihood of our cultures and in the hearts of our people.

To recognize our Elders and show how thankful we are for them, ANHC will host an Honor Our Elders Celebration on September 19, 2015 from 10am-2pm at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

All resources that were hunted, fished, or gathered will be gifted to Elders who contribute to the mission of our programming here at the Center. We invite you to come and celebrate with us by attending a potluck style celebration with distribution of gifts to Elders, Alaska Native dance groups, and a traditional foods feast.

We have invited Elders from all regions of Alaska to attend and receive resources that were hunted, fished, and gathered by the 2015 subsistence interns. By sharing these resources with our Elders, we are honoring the Alaska Native traditions and passing on values that will serve the individuals and communities as whole.

This event is free and open to the public.


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