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Alaska Background Resources

Explore the following websites for information on the history and cultures of Alaska. The Alaska Community Database will also give you detailed information about each community within Alaska.


Alaska Community Database
Click on the Community Information button and then select the community you are interested in to find detailed information on the location, history, culture, economy, facilities, transportation, climate and population characteristics.

Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native heritage Center is located in Anchorage and well worth a visit if you have the opportunity.  It is a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and preserves the unique Alaska Native Cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education.  Besides finding out about all the events and classes held at the Center, the website also includes information about Alaska Native Cultures (Click on the Education & Programs link.)

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
The Alaska Native Knowledge Network was designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native Knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It was established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia.

Alaska Native Languages
The Alaska Humanities Forum has created a website that offers users information about Alaska Native languages and their history, as well as the ability to listen to recordings of common words and phrases in many different Alaska Native languages.

Alaska Native Science Commission
The Alaska Native Science Commision (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners. Check out some of the presentations listed under the Publications drop down menu to find out what is happening in our state in terms of research in the Alaska Native community. Many of the research topics revolve around health.

This website is geared towards educators, but has a wealth of information on the history of Alaska, regional profiles, and suggested readings. It also includes a detailed map of Alaska that lists all of Alaska’s communities.

Alaska’s Travel Website
This website is packed with information about destinations to explore, activities to participate in, weather information, trip planning ideas and much more.

Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED): Alaska’s Digital Archives
SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway, is an easy-to-use site that connects people to library, government, local community, and Internet information resources. Connections to new information resources are constantly being added to SLED. Check out the Health, Disabilities and Social Services page, as well as the Native and Indigenous People page.


There are many good books about Alaska and by Alaskans.  Rather than list them all, we invite you to visit the websites below which sell some of these excellent publications.

Alaska Geographic
Alaska Geographic operates bookstores in almost 50 locations across Alaska, as well as their on-line store. In addition, they offer accredited classes through the Alaska Geographic Institute and provide in-depth information online to help you explore Alaska.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
The Alaska Native Knowledge Network compiles and exchanges information related to Alaska native knowledge systems and ways of knowing.

University of Alaska Press
University of Alaska Press publishes and distributes books about Alaska, the Pacific Rim, Arctic Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia.Topics include: history and politics, anthropology, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies and original translations.