Listening To Our Ancestors


Native people have lived on the lands and waterways along the North Pacific Coast for more than 10,000 years. Their stories and traditions link them to the natural world in which they live. Through songs, dances, and ceremonies, the Native people of the North Pacific Coast honor their past and celebrate their present.

Start your visit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. where you will hear stories of eleven different Native communities from the North Pacific Coast. See how they present their own stories and give voice to their own world views through the museum’s collection.

Then, with the help of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, take a trip to Juneau, Alaska! Students can enjoy the abundance of the rich Alaskan environment, learn about the importance of family in Alaska Native communities, and find out about the significance of cultural expression through art, language, and traditional customs. Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian elders and traditional knowledge keepers will help expand students’ understanding of the vital history and vibrant cultures of the Native people of the North Pacific Coast–where everything tells a story!