Count-down: 31 days until departure for Alaskan Adventure!
|Tlingit totem from Wikipedia Commons|
I found out recently that my grandpa’s grandmother was a Native American. I always thought Gramps was kidding when he said he was Native American. He was the kind of guy who said everything with a straight face and you never knew if he was telling a tall tale or the truth. About fifty percent of the time it was the truth. My Native American heritage happened to be a truth. I wish I had talked to him about it before it was too late. Now he’s gone, and I don’t have any information about her other than the fact that she really was Native American and probably from the New York area. I hope to have the time eventually to research and discover more about my Native heritage. In the meantime, it has sparked the desire to learn more about all Native Peoples, their histories and cultures.
In Alaska, the Native Peoples are divided into eleven different cultures speaking eleven different languages. I’m hoping that when we are in Anchorage, one of our stops can be the Alaska Native Heritage Center Museum where I can begin my journey to the world of Raven and Whale spirits and learn the meanings behind their totems.
Here's a list of Native Alaskan Peoples according to the Native Heritage Center Museum:
|Raven pole, One Legged Fisherman Pole, |
and Killer Whale Pole
From Wikipedia Commons
St. Lawrence Island Yupik
I'm excited to learn more about each of them and come home with a better appreciation of their cultures and languages.
To learn more about Alaskan Natives check out: