Cultural Preservation

Copper Mountain Foundation supports cultural preservation, education and career advancement for the well-being of the Native Village of Tatitlek.

Traditional Native Arts Classes

Diane Selanoff hosts traditional native arts class once a month via Zoom. Class schedules and announcements are sent via email and posted on our Facebook Group Page at the beginning of the month. Class seats are first come, first serve, however, we do give new students priority.

Examples of previous classes include:

• Long Sea Otter Scarf
• Mukluks Adult/Baby
• Fur Flowers
• Ornamental Visors
• Seal Earrings
• Wolf/Fox Earrings

Cultural Heritage Week: Peksulineq Festival

Mission: To celebrate and share our Native culture, lifestyle, traditions, language, and arts with our families and community and to pass on these values to the next generation.

Vision: A resilient, educated and united village.

• Promote healthy families
• Healthy positive attitude
• Working together
• Common goals
• Respect

The Peksulineq Festival is an annual event hosted by the Native Village of Tatitlek that celebrates the traditional culture of the Chugach Region. Students grades K-12 attend the festival, at no cost to them, to learn about Chugach Sugpiaq arts, language, culture and dance.

The festival celebrates the season when spring eggs (Peksuq in Alutiiq) are hatched and we have new beginnings. The celebration concludes on the seventh day with a large potluck feast of traditional Native foods and an art auction. The Peksulineq Festival teaches youth traditional and cultural principles through activities including:

• Beading
• Skin Sewing
• Drum Making
• Kayak Building
• Mask Making

• Fish Processing
• Basket Weaving
• Wood Carving
• Traditional Games
• Dancing


Peksulineq Documentary 2018

Description: Join in exploring the importance of Cultural Heritage Week in teaching heritage, subsistence and tradition to future generations.

View additional webisodes here.

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