If you haven’t learned about the Native peoples of the Seward Peninsula, you’ve only scratched the surface of the rich history and cultural traditions of this remote area of Alaska.
Immerse yourself in the Native way of life at the Kawerak Katirvik Cultural Center, which features educational programs and interactive displays designed to illustrate the tools, traditions, languages and values of the Indigenous cultures of the Bering Straits region.
The new Katirvik Cultural Center is a meeting place for all interested in sharing, celebrating and understanding the cultural traditions and language of the Central Yup’ik, St. Lawrence Island Yupik and Inupiaq peoples of the area. The most unique and important place in the Center is the round gathering space ideal for this sharing, whether for cultural entertainment or for a science seminar delving into marine life or flora of the tundra.
Call ahead to learn about specific events happening during your visit. You may hear Elders tell stories that reveal the rich cultures of the Bering Straits, watch or participate in Native dance events, or learn some key words and phrases! (Hint: you’ve got a head start on that, as “Katirvik” means “Gathering Place” in King Island Inupiaq.)