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June 26th 2009
Published: June 27th 2009
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Our first place to explore in Alaska was the Alaska Native Heritage Center. There was a loop trail around a pond where there were examples of different tribal homes. Inside of each was someone representing the people who would have lived there and explaining there lifestyle.

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Driving to the Heritage CenterDriving to the Heritage Center
Driving to the Heritage Center

My sister asked what I was taking pics of and I said "The Mountains!" I guess she forgot this isn't a normal sight for me!
Athabascan VillageAthabascan Village
Athabascan Village

We learned that muskrat skins/furs lined with moss were used for diapers!
Yup'ik, Cup'ikYup'ik, Cup'ik
Yup'ik, Cup'ik

The smaller doorway was to the womens and girls living quarters and the large door was to the mens living space which was also used as the community center for evening activities
Wood frogWood frog
Wood frog

My sister has lived in AK for 31 years and said this is the first time she has seen a frog in the wild!

The girl is holding a bowhead whale baleen
Lower jawbone of bowhead whaleLower jawbone of bowhead whale
Lower jawbone of bowhead whale

Leah and Debbie showing size

This woman had recently made this robe from otter. The white strips hanging are ermine tails (she said she bought them on ebay!)

Totem pole

27th June 2009

would love to visit Alaska some day! Nice pics and strange seeing you guys in sweaters. It was 90 today! Also, thanks for sharing the diaper info, good to know in case one is hard up for alternatives. :)
2nd July 2009

diaper hunt
Well, I guess if you live in the Alaskan wilderness it's easier to hunt down a muskrat than a box of Huggies!

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