Tourism Development and Marketing

CulturalHost Program

Overview

The Alaska Native CulturalHost Seminar is a comprehensive training program designed with assistance from the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of Alaska Native culture for workers within Alaska’s hospitality and tourism industry. The course covers:

  • Discussion of the meaning of culture,
  • Overview of the main Alaska Native groups,
  • Detailed presentations on the culture and characteristics of Alaska Native groups.

 

Alaska Native Dancers

Photo Credit: State of Alaska Tourism Marketing Program

New: CulturalHost Video

The CulturalHost video was produced through a partnership of theAlaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.


Objectives:

  • Facilitate a greater understanding of Alaska Native culture among employees of the hospitality and tourism industries,
  • Encourage greater cultural awareness and respect for Alaska's diverse Native culture groups.


Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the five main Alaska Native cultural groups,
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the geogrphical locations for the main Alaska Native groups.


Objectives:

  • Learn about the modern history of Alaska Native organizations,
  • Gain a sense of perspective on urban and rural life today for Alaska Natives.


Objectives:

  • Demonstrate greater understanding of Native Alaskan cross-cultual communication methods,
  • Demonstrate an awareness of proper protocol and etiquette to observe while visiting Alaska Native communities.
Current CulturalHost Trainers

Ann Lawrence (Master Trainer)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Anchorage
907-793-3281
alawrence@citci.com

Patti Mackey
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
907-225-6166
pmackey@visit-ketchikan.com

Anthony Nakazawa
UAF Cooperative Extension
Anchorage
907-786-6323
atnakazawa@alaska.edu

Tonia Rioux
Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau
907-747-5940
director@sitka.org

Jasmin Smith
(907) 529-9472
info@thebusinessboutique.org

Scheduled Classes

The State of Alaska provides information on AlaskaHost classes scheduled by authorized trainers as a service to potential students. Schedules, locations, and fees for services are determined by individual trainers. If you are a trainer and are scheduling a class, please contact staff to have your class listed here.

Upcoming Classes

No classes are scheduled at this time.

 

Contact Us

Caryl McConkie
Development Specialist
907-465-5478
caryl.mcconkie@alaska.gov