The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska, is a must see-and-experience gem for all--especially for our Anchorage Bed and Breakfast Club guests. It is worth every bit of time and definitely worth the cost of entry.
I, Patti, (Your Home Away from Home Bed and Breakfast) attended the March 20th Multicultural Drumming & Dance Celebration program hosted at the Heritage Center. It included nine different dance & drum groups.
I was only able to see three of the groups. Wow, what fun and what a great cultural experience! There was a talented Alaska Native group from a village I do not remember and could not pronounce. They did many fun and energetic dances like the "Walrus" dance.
An Hispanic group called "Xochiquetzal-Tiquan" performed in absolutely gorgeous costumes. There were little tiny ones as young as two all the way up to their Moms. They did dances from many different states in Mexico.
The last group I saw was called "Kawanbe-Omowale". This group fashioned their music after South Africa. Now, you want to talk about energy!! The three women dancers had amazing talent. They danced hard and fast with smiles so big you could hardly keep from smiling yourselves. This group included two men and one woman drumming with such zeal you wanted to drum with them.
Many people from our Anchorage community and the South African group from Phoenix were in attendance. All enjoyed this day of cultural sharing.
When the Anchorage Bed and Breakfast Club's summer guests visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, they will not have the opportunity to see this multi-culture dance program, but the many cultures of Alaska represented. This is a beautiful facility and a thrilling way to see the many peoples and cultures of Alaska.