AEF’s Cultural Education Program

Our Cultural Education Programs

Arctic Education Foundation believes that cultural youth development programs foster creative expression and identity while supporting core social and emotional skills. We also believe our cultural programs can be a way for communities to form stronger bonds, for youth to learn invaluable knowledge of their culture, and for the traditions of past generations to be passed on to our future generation.

These cultural programs are an important piece to building and maintaining a connection to our youth and their traditional hunting, language, art, and knowledge of the land.

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Guiding the way for our future generations!

Under the Cultural Education Program, AEF will provide cultural education through:

Regional Culture Camp: This culture camp provides an educational opportunity for youth to become familiar with subsistence hunting, processing of traditional foods and plants, traditional knowledge of land areas specific to the village location, Arctic weather, survival education, preparing camping gear and camp set up, language and songs, and arts and crafts. This camp is funded through Arctic Slope Community Foundation and ConocoPhillips.

Youth Traditional Plant Education: These workshops provide education on plant collection and processing, medicinal plant use, berry picking, and more. Topics may include salve-making, cooking, methods to prepare different plant varieties, etc. This workshop is funded through Arctic Slope Community Foundation.

Youth Traditional Art Education: These workshops provide education on traditional Iñupiat art styles and techniques, which can include drum making, skin sewing, jewelry-making, ivory and baleen carving, and others taught by local artists from the North Slope region. This workshop is funded through Arctic Slope Community Foundation.

Spring Whaling Workshops Description: Youth Spring Whaling Education: These workshops focus on sharing cultural knowledge and practices to prepare for spring whaling. Taught by local community experts, youth learn how to get involved with these yearly practices. Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to sled-building, sewing, amiq, ivalu-braiding, and tool making. These workshops are funded through the Arctic Slope Community Foundation.

For more information regarding the Cultural Education Program please contact Katie Roseberry, Cultural Education Manager, (907) 852-0518,

Quyanaqpak to our 2023 Cultural Education Program partners!

Application and Deadlines

2023 Culture Camp Application – Click Here

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