The sun sets on a Southwestern Alaska community.
Photo by Gunnar Ebbesson.

The real people


Alaska Native people are the indigenous people of Alaska, and most refer to themselves as the "real people," or "the people." There are over 138,000 Native people in the state, divided among six major cultures, with many different tribes. CANHR researchers mostly partner with Yup'ik and Athabascan peoples.

Here is a short listing of our partners and additional information about Alaska Native culture.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. has been working with CANHR since 2001. YKHC administers a comprehensive health care delivery system for 50 rural communities in Southwestern Alaska.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Tanana Chiefs Conference provides health care for Interior Alaska Native people.

Alaska Native Medical Center

The Alaska Native Medical Center serves over 138,000 Alaska Native people in the state.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium was created in December 1997 to manage statewide health services for Alaska Native people. All Alaska Native people, through their tribal governments and through their regional nonprofit organizations, own the Consortium.


A useful place to find out Alaska Native history, culture and traditional knowledge.

Alaska Federation of Natives

AFN was in the forefront of Alaska Native land claims. Today they are a political arm for Alaska Native concerns.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network

Another excellent resource to learn more about Alaska Native culture.

Yuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely Live

The Yup'ik people have no word for science, yet their tools were so well designed that they allowed the Yupiit to live in a land no one else would inhabit. A beautiful website with incredible information.

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