Teacher's Guide

Alaska Natives -Cultural Leaders

Enduring Understandings

Alaska Natives are cultural leaders in the State today.

Estimated Time:

Two class periods

Materials needed:

Lesson Plan:

  • The Yupiit Mask Exhibit illustrates the national interest in Alaska Native art. Entitled, Agayalivaraput (our way of making prayer). Audio and video segments are a part of the exhibit.
  • The on line text by Corbett and Swibold contains a chapter "Response: Struggles to Survive Culturally." This chapter is a part of the book the
      Aleuts of Pribilof Islands, Alaska
    and can be accessed through:
    The text is relatively short and gives students a context within which to discuss the notions of cultural renaissance and cultural preservation.
  • Students might also be directed to the web sites of the regional corporations (included with AK Natives as Economic Leaders) as some of these sites have information on the art of the region and also on the cultural preservation projects. Often, this information can be accessed through the 'foundation' buttons. Read, for example, about the cultural preservation work of the Bering Straits Corporation or the Aqqaluk Trust on the NANA web site. Discuss with the students: What does the term 'cultural preservation' mean? What does the term 'cultural renaissance' mean? What are some cultural preservation projects on which you found information? What is the status of Alaska Native languages today?
  • The artistic expression of Alaska Natives is a rich area to explore and students might be invited to select, according to their interests, from a variety of web sites that represent different types of artistry. (See Alaska Native Artistic Expression Web Site List)

Alaska Standards:

Culture: A, B, E
History: A, B, C, D
AK History: AH. PPE 3


  Exceeds Meets In Progress Not Started
Content Web links have all been read and reflected upon. Understanding of the concepts is clear from discussion comments and questions. Student is actively engaged in class discussion, listens to the comments of others, and exhibits good understanding of the readings. Student has read assigned material and participates in class discussion. Student has reviewed some of the web material and has limited involvement in class discussion. The web sites have not been read and there is no participation in class discussion.