The Alaska Travel Industry Association has released a cultural guide designed to show visitors and tourists how to respectfully and thoughtfully interact with First Peoples in the state.
The guide to Alaska Native culture made its debut on October 10 – Indigenous Peoples Day – at the travel association’s annual convention in Sitka. The guide includes information on cultural groups and regions of the state, native languages, seasonal celebrations, values, cuisine, native businesses, and traveler etiquette. Emily Edenshaw, president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and Mary Goddard, a Sitka-based artist and film producer who is the regional catalyst for regenerative tourism at Alaskan Dream Cruises, have teamed up to write guide. A federal grant funded the project.