Alaskan Native Culture

The earliest inhabitants of Alaska crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Asia into what is now western Alaska, near Nome, and their Native Alaskan descendants are the present day Yup’ik, Inupiaq, Aleut, Tlingit and Athabascan tribes. Meeting these indigenous Native Alaskan locals and experiencing, first-hand, their traditions, culture and lifestyles is perhaps the most memorable way to take a little bit of Alaska home in your heart.

If you wish to include one of these very special moments into your Alaska visit, our Travel Designers know just how to make that happen. You’ll discover the essence of Native Alaska culture from subsistence hunting and fishing to drumming, singing and storytelling, from talented artisans skilled in carving and hand-crafted beading to tribal festivals celebrating community, strength and athleticism.

Here are some very special ways to experience Alaskan Native culture on a private tour…

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Alaska Native Cultures of Interior Alaska

It is believed that the first Native Americans came from Russia by crossing the Bering Land Bridge into Alaska during the last ice age some 30,000 years ago. Today, Native Alaskans can be divided into six major groups, three... Read more

Southeast Alaska Native Culture

Southeast Alaska boasts rich Native culture and is home to three Alaskan Native groups, the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida, all with their own unique story to tell. These indigenous peoples are well known for their distinctive art represented in... Read more

Sitka to Juneau Cruise : Alaska Bear Country

Bears are an iconic symbol of Alaska and its vast wildness. During this 7-night small ship cruise between Sitka and Juneau on the Kruzof Explorer, you will get an up-close look at both brown and black bears in their... Read more

Adventure by Cruise In Southeast Alaska

Journey from Sitka to Ketchikan onboard the Kruzof Explorer for a 9-night luxury cruise into the wilds of Southeast Alaska. This extended Alaska adventure by water will provide guests with endless opportunities to view wildlife, glaciers, and remote Alaskan... Read more

Alaska Coastal Cruise and Culture

Southeast Alaska is home to a number of Alaskan Native groups and this 7-night small ship cruise on the Kruzof Explorer with private guides provides greater insight into their cultural practices and their relationship with the many islands that... Read more

Glacier Bay and Outer Coast Cruise

Board the Kruzof Explorer, a fully-renovated former commercial fishing vessel now offering the best in luxury small ship cruises and adventure in Southeast Alaska. Your private cruiseship is capable of exploring remote areas that larger ships just aren’t able... Read more

Design Your Own Sitka Day Trip

Nestled at the foot of magnificent glacial carved mountains facing the Pacific Island, Sitka’s community-rich culture and history are reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. Get up close to the wildlife of Sitka Sound and enhance your... Read more

Alaska Islands, Whales, and Glaciers

Explore Southeast Alaska aboard an intimate vessel that is high on both adventure and guest service. You’ll enjoy a casual atmosphere aboard while you depart Sitka and explore Eastern Baranof Island, Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park. Hike... Read more

Saxman Native Village Totem Tour

On this brief but fascinating private Ketchikan day tour, you’ll learn all about the culture and history of Alaskan totems with your native Tlingit guide. While you explore Saxman Native Village together, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will share... Read more

Ketchikan Insiders Tour on Foot

Explore the colorful city of Ketchikan in Alaska’s Inside Passage on foot while enjoying the stories told by your Alaskan Tlingit guide as they provide their unique and personal perspective about the history and native traditions in this part... Read more

An Intimate View of Alaskan Native Artists

Travel back in time on an intimate couple of hours as you converse with Alaskan Native artists about their cultural traditions and creative heritage expressed through their diverse art forms. Discover the many ways in which Tlingit art is... Read more

Alaska Native Storytellers and Artists

Meet and get to know Alaskan Natives  living in Ketchikan, from storytellers to artists, as they share with you their unique perspectives, cultural traditions and history. In their own language, “Tlingit” means ‘People of Tides.’ Get a first-hand lesson... Read more

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