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Inupiat Heritage Center, Utqiagvik

#95 of 249 in Parks in Alaska
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The Iñupiat Heritage Center is a museum in Utqiaġvik in the U.S. state of Alaska. Dedicated in February 1999, it is an affiliated area of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and recognizes the contributions of Alaska Natives to the history of whaling.

It houses exhibits, artifact collections, a library, a gift shop, and a traditional room where traditional crafts are demonstrated and taught. The North Slope Borough owns and manages the Heritage Center on behalf of the whaling villages of the North Slope. The Heritage Center is one of several associated partners that participate in telling the story of commercial whaling in the United States. Park partners operate independently but collaborate in a variety of educational and interpretive programs.

The Iñupiat Heritage Center (IHC) brings people together to promote and perpetuate Iñupiat history, language and culture. This dynamic interaction between the Iñupiat and their environment fosters the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Iñupiat way of life from generation to generation.
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  • The title says it all. It is interesting, informative and brilliant. The staff are knowledgable, friendly and helpful.  more »
  • You could spend a few hours here easily. The heritage and history is explained very well, some great exhibits and back story of the area. Not much to do in Barrow and this is a must.  more »
  • A nice museum showcasing the history and life of the Iñupiat people. Exhibits include artwork, tools and other artifacts. There were no artists working during my visit, but the reception/gift shop staff were friendly and answered questions. Be sure to get your NPS Passport stamp!
  • This place contains a great deal of our heritage among many other things such as climate change, political statuses and many more.

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