Historical Culture & Preservation

The Cook Inlet area as a whole has a rich natural and anthropological history, and the Ninilchik Tribe is the cultural point of contact for archaeological discoveries and projects on the south Kenai Peninsula. While the Ninilchik Traditional Council currently does not facilitate its own museum or anthropological archive, the tribe is an official supporter of the Pratt Museum in Homer which holds numerous artifacts and historical objects from the Kenai Peninsula in its collections and archives.

Other notable institutions with educational resources and historical objects from the Cook Inlet include:

  • The Museum of the North (Fairbanks)
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage)
  • The Kenai Visitors Center
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC)
  • Alaska State Museum (Juneau)

For more information on cultural preservation and to report discovered sites and objects please contact Jennifer Gilbertson at 907-567-3313 or jenny@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov for direction.


Current and Upcoming Cultural Exhibits


Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living – May 23rd to September 1st 2014
At the Pratt Museum in Homer

“Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living”, curated by the Anchorage Museum, will be the first comprehensive exhibition about Dena’ina Athabascan people of Southcentral Alaska and the Cook Inlet. This exhibition that originally opened in late 2013 features around 200 Dena’ina objects, many of which are featured on loan from museums across the globe. These objects include caribou skin clothing adorned with fine quill work, puffin beak rattles, and birch bark cradles. Dena’ina history and culture are displayed in a variety of media in a once in a lifetime exhibit that celebrates the little known history of the Dena’ina people which has nearly been lost due to Southcentral Alaska’s rapid modern growth. All visitors and residents of the peninsula are encouraged to visit!

The Ninilchik Traditional Council is honored to be a major supporter of the Pratt Museum in hosting this amazing exhibit on the peninsula. Thank You!

For more information on this exhibit and other great events at the Pratt Museum, please visit their website at prattmuseum.org