Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge


The indigenous heritage of Alaska and adjacent regions is woven from the arts, knowledge, values and beliefs of many cultures. Explore Smithsonian collections with Native tradition bearers and learn about the peoples of this northern world.

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Whaling Traditions

Art, ceremony, and spiritual beliefs imbue Native whaling traditions of the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean, and Gulf of Alaska.  View Tour