Alaska – Cultural Adventure

 

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Gold Rush

Dawson City has plenty of Klondike color that will take you back to 1898 and through the Gold Rush.

The most celebrated Gold Rush was in the Klondike. The Stampeders sailed up the inside passage to the town of Skagway, and then hiked the Chilkoot Trail to the Yukon River, where they built boats to float to Dawson City.

A wild-and-ready town, Dawson offers everything from historic mines to old-time saloons.

While in downtown Dawson City, make sure to try the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail, which contains a mummified human toe!

And while you’re in town, take the Gold Bottom Mine tour.  You can even try your own luck with a gold pan before you leave.

Contact Melanie for information on transporting yourself to the 1900s!

Native Alaskan Life

Alaska, home to Native peoples for over eleven thousand years,  is composed of many tribes that you can see in the slideshow’s map, above.

You can easily find the culture of the Native peoples in exhibits contrived for the tourist season, or we can show you these cultural icons through the following timeless and educational options:

  • Fly to Barrow, up on the Arctic Ocean, for a taste of the modern-day Native Alaskan life.  They still dry their fish in the open Arctic air and hunt whales off Barrow Point.
  • Inupiat Heritage Center, in Barrow, houses whaling artifacts, an art gallery, a “Frozen Family” exhibit, and performances like the traditional famous blanket toss
  • Totem Heritage Center, in Ketchikan, houses a collection of fourteen original totem poles from the Tlingit and Haida cultures from the 1800s
  • Chilkat Dancers, in Haines, put on a summer show called Lust for Dust
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center highlights the boatbuilding, dancing, drumming, and storytelling culture, along a lakeside walking trail

Contact Melanie for information on exploring the Native Alaskan culture!

The Russians

Peter the Great started the quest for the New World in 1725, but it was not until 1741 when Russian explorer Vitus Bering, became the first European to discover Alaska.

In 1867, the Russians sold their Alaskan territory to the US for $7.2 million (about 2 cents/acre) in a deal nicknamed Seward’s Folly, after the then US Secretary of State.

However, in the 75 years leading to the acquisition, deep Russian roots where planted in Alaskan territory. Today, visitors can enjoy these traces of Russian architecture, religion, dancing, food and culture.

Take part in celebrating Alaska’s roots by attending any of the following:

  • Kodiak: As the first permanent Russian settlement in the New World, Kodiak has a unique museum, located in the old otter pelt warehouse, and boasts ownership of the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church.
  • Sitka: Meet my captain to cruise the Sitka coast, soaking up Russian history while you sample caviar and vodka.  Then grab tickets for a performance of the highly acclaimed Archangel dancers followed by dinner at the famous Ludvig’s Bistro.
  • Seldovia: This remote village down in Katchemak Bay is accessible only by air and sea and is proud that its seclusion has helped to maintain the most authentic Russian culture in the state.

    Russian home stay in Alaska

    Russian home stay

  • Homer: Experience a home stay serving authentic Russian style dinners.
  • Russian New Year Festivals: Hosted throughout the state every year on January 14th.

 

Contact Melanie  for information on exploring Alaska’s Russian roots!

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