During spring break, send your kids to the Alaska Native Heritage Center to spend time with Alaska Native Elders telling stories, to learn Alaska Native Games, traditional drumming and dancing, take home art projects, and explore the traditional village sites.
9:00 – 9:30am: Ice Breaker: This will incorporate fun games to help the kids learn each other’s names and where they come from.
9:30 – 10:00am: Elder Storytelling: Traditional Native stories that teach traditions and values will be shared.
10:00 – 10:45am: Breakout sessions: The children will be divided into smaller groups allowing more individualized time with instructors for upcoming projects; Art, Dance, Games.
10:45 – 11:00am: Break
11:00 – 11:30am: Breakout session: continued
11:30 – 12:15pm: 1st-4th Grade Lunch: Lunch on-site provided by the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
11:30 - 1:00pm: 5th-8th Grade Paper Bag Lunch: Historic Site Tour
12:15 – 12:45pm: 1st-4th Grade Nature Walk: Instructors from the Heritage Center will lead students through traditional pre-contact homes focusing on one home per day. Themes will vary depending on the age of the children.
12:45 – 1:00pm: Break:
1:00 – 2:30pm: Dance: After learning about and watching an expressive traditional Native dance performance, students learn the song in the traditional language and the meaning behind the movements. The role and importance of dance in the culture is emphasized as kids learn and perform a dance under the guidance of an ANHC instructor. (15 minute beak @ 1:45pm)
2:30 – 3:00pm: Film: An entertaining culturally educational and age appropriate film will be shown
On Friday March 17th, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00pm parents are invited to witness what their children have learned during the week. There will be a dance performance by the students and an art show of the art projects students have completed.