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Our Philosophy

We believe that accurate knowledge of the past is essential for healthy communities. History is a resource that can help people confront difficult issues, engage in discussion, and consider many perspectives. Our educational programs provide an honest exploration of the forces that have shaped today’s Alutiiq culture, and they are open to everyone. We are committed to creating respect and enthusiasm for Alutiiq culture among people of all heritage.

Guide for Litnauwistet–Teachers

Educators are important partners in our work. When teachers introduce students to the history of their home, they invite students to see the world in new ways. This page connects educators to our resources and provides ideas for collaboration. Please let us know how we can work together. 

Download our Teacher Resource Guide

Educational Resources

Supported by

Munartet Project Alaska State Council for the Arts




Interactive Digital Story Books

Eight digital story books produced with Native Village of Afognak that explore Alutiiq language and traditions with interactive features. Available as free apps on the iTunes store. Recommended for elementary school students.

PubPage1Kiagumuuq!–It is Summer!, by Candace Branson, illustrated by David Tucker

Uksumuuq!–It is Winter!, by Michael Bach, illustrated by David Tucker

Yaaki, a story about a girl and her dog, by Susan Malutin, illustrated by Hanna Sholl

Naken taitaartat alagnat?–Where do Berries Come From?, by Gayla Pederson, illustrated by Gloria Selby

Cestun lla et’a?–How is the Weather? by Gayla Pederson, Illustrated by Sandee Drabek

Ikuwitii–Golden Crown Sparrow, adapted by Kathy Nelson from a story told by John Pestrikoff, illustrated by Port Lions School students

Kaugya’angcum Qawanurtuwa, Small Fox’s Dream, by April Counceller, illustrated by Mary Ruskovich

Qateryuk–Ptarmigan an Alutiiq legend told by Candace Branson, illustrated by David Tucker (recommended for teens)

For Young Readers

PubPage2Uswitusqaq’s DreamUswitusqaq’s Dream
A shaman's dream, a journey by kayak, a hidden bay, sea otters, and an earthquake; these are the ingredients of this children's novel about Kodiak Island in the 1800s. The story follows Alutiiq boys on a journey of self-discovery, with descriptions of Kodiak's natural environment and details of Alutiiq culture and history.

Recommended for readers in grades 3 – 7. 

For Older Students

A 60-page paperback with one page answers to our visitors’ most common questions. A great introduction to the Alutiiq world, complete with information on where to learn more.  Download free lesson from this book.

PubPage4The Alutiiq Word of the Week – 15 Year Compilation
What is the origin of the word Kodiak? How do you bend wood to make a bowl? Why is it bad luck to speak about hunting bears? This paperback book has the answers and many more. Over 470 entries pair an Alutiiq word and with a short lesson.

Naut’staarpet–Our Plants, A Kodiak Alutiiq Plantlore, by Priscilla Russell
Explore Kodiak’s forest and meadows with this colorful guide to Alutiiq plant harvesting and use.

PubPage6Kal’unek–From Karluk
This history of Karluk village transports readers to the late prehistoric era, and examines village life with archaeological data, including pictures of Alutiiq objects and artwork.



Explore Alutiiq heritage with hands on activities designed for home and classroom use. Click on a title below to download directions, templates, and material lists for some of our popular crafts.Explore Alutiiq heritage with hands on activities designed for home and classroom use. Click on a title below to download directions, templates, and material lists for some of our popular crafts.

Girl with a face mask Alutiiq Gingerbread People
Decorate holiday cookies with designs from Alutiiq clothing.  

Alutiiq Valentines
Add Alutiiq phrases and petroglyphs to your craft supplies to make Alutiiq valentines.

Animal Masks
Copy animal faces to cardstock for young artists to color and cut out for a simple paper mask. Designed by artist Lena Amason.

Animal Ornaments
Use our animal templates to cut, sew, and decorate felt ornaments in the shape of local animals–crab, halibut, raven, salmon, seal. Design by artist Sara Squartsoff.

Dentalium Earrings
Directions for making jewelry inspired by Alutiiq designs.

Make your own Alutiiq ceremonial headdress using our paper template and your own string, and beads.

Hunting Hat Ornaments
Foam, beads, wire, and markers can be transformed into miniature hunting hats. Design by artist Sara Squartsoff.

Paper Ceremonial Masks
Create full-sized, three dimensional Alutiiq-style masks with paper.  Designed by Heather Ridgeway for the Juneau School District.

Children with valentines Petroglyph Pumpkin Carving
Print these templates, use a toothpick to transfer the outline of a petroglyph design to a pumpkin, and then carve your jack-o-lantern. 

Petroglyph Rock Painting
Create your own rock art with paint, beach pebbles, and examples 

Russian Tea
Directions for filling jars with an instant tea mix.  

Slate Grinding
Make Alutiiq-style tools by grinding slate with water, sand, and a hard rock!

Working with Collections

The Alutiiq Museum cares for collections that document the Alutiiq experience. There are more than 250,000 objects and photographs in our professional repository. Researchers of all ages can study these collections and access our library. All you need is an appointment. To schedule a research visit, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Lancaster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), at 844-425-8844 x22.

Permanent Collections 

  • Archaeological
  • Materials
  • Archival Materials
  • Contemporary Artwork
  • Film and Audio Recordings
  • Ethnographic Objects
  • Photographs
  • Natural History Specimens
  • Teaching Materials  

Teaching Collection
Artifacts from our teaching collection can be checked out for respectful use in the classroom or at an event. A variety of stone and bone tools are available for hands on exploration and come packaged in a sturdy case for transport.

Library Collection
The Alutiiq Museum library has more than 1,700 books, 11,000 photographs, and 1,400 articles and manuscripts. Although we do not loan our library materials, researchers can use them in the museum.

Digital Art Gallery 
Browse our collection of contemporary artwork online.  Select an artist to see examples of their work.


Educational Boxes

Check it out!
Bring Alutiiq culture to your classroom, camp, program, or event with our traveling education boxes. Each box explores an aspect of Alutiiq heritage with hands-on activities that can be adjusted for many ages. Materials come in a sturdy box with instructions.

Who are the Alutiiq? – Explore the Alutiiq homeland, language, customs, and history with this introductory box.

Subsistence – Examine pieces of fur, bone, tooth, stone, spruce root, and other natural resources to learn about Alutiiq harvesting activities.

Stories and Games – Play traditional games with darts, throwing disks, and die, and read traditional tales.

Saving our Alutiiq Language – Learn Alutiiq vocabulary with toys and games, audio and video resources, and an Alutiiq dictionary. No previous experience with the Alutiiq language needed.

Alutiiq Dance – Listen to Alutiiq music (CD), watch Alutiiq dancers (DVD), and make headdresses and dance rattles.

Petroglyphs – Use stamps and clay tablets to make petroglyph art.

Mask Box – Learn about Alutiiq masks and make miniature masks. This box has directions for carving masks from soap and for painting wooden masks.

Pililuki–Make Them!
– Explore Alutiiq graphic arts with drawing and coloring activities.

Educational Boxes
Plantlore – Alutiiq people use plants for food, fuel, material and medicine, learn how.

Reserve A Box
Anyone may check out an education box for up to two weeks. There is no charge to use the materials. If you need shipping, the museum pays the outbound shipping and the borrower pays to ship the box back. Borrowers are responsible for returning the box and its contents on time and in good condition. Use our online reservation form to reserve a box for use by your class.

Please complete this form to reserve one or more of our educational boxes. Your request will be sent to Lauren McCausland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 844-425-8844) who will contact you to confirm the box is available and finalize your reservation.
Quyanaa–thank you.

Borrower Information (if requesting shipping, provide shipping address):

Box Requested (you may select up to three boxes):

Reservation Dates (what days would you like to have the box available to your group, not including shipping):

Note: museum pays outgoing shipping, borrower pays return shipping. Shipping is not available to people living on the Kodiak road system.