ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When it was built in 1999, the idea was to create a gathering place for all Alaska Natives, but now in its 11th season, the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) has become so much more.
Just a 10 minute ride from downtown Anchorage, the center sits on a beautiful wooded lot off Muldoon Road in East Anchorage.
When most people come to Alaska, they think Eskimos make up our Alaska Native Culture, but the center says it is working hard to teach people that there are 21different languages and 11 different cultures in the state.
It's quite the learning curve when you only have a few hours to spend at the center.
What the ANHC does best is showcase Alaska Native Culture.
"The ANHC opened in 1999. So it's in its 11th season here and it was originally built to create a gathering place for the Alaska Native community and to share the cultures of the entire state," said Melissa Saunders, director of sales and marketing, ANHC.