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Traditional Health, Medicine and Healing
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Traditional Health, Medicine and Healing

This site includes materials describing traditional health, medicine and healing practices of Alaska Native people and their applicability today. Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at (907) 474-1902, or send an email message to

Culturally tailored postsecondary nutrition and health education curricula for indigenous populations
Excerpt: "In preparation for the initial offering of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Interior Aleutians Campus Rural Nutrition Services (RNS) program, a literature review was conducted to establish the need for the proposed program and to substantiate the methodology for delivering integrated, culturally tailored postsecondary education and extension to Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans. There was a striking absence of peer-reviewed journal articles describing culturally tailored postsecondary health curricula for indigenous populations."

Alaska SEARHC ALASKASIZE Workout Videos
This ALASKASIZE 10 minute and the 5 minute workout videos located on You Tube were organized by a few adults, but the kids in the video did most of the work. They chose the movements such as berry picking, walking in the muskeg, pulling in a net, chopping wood, etc� We did add in the Tlingit directions for each movement so that they heard and learned some of the language also.

ANTHC Store Outside Your Door Videos (YouTube)
These videos show how traditional Alaska Native food is harvested and prepared for gourmet cooking. The chefs travel statewide and consult with Elders and community members, and they demonstrate how to cook local food.

A Gathering: Growing Strong Together--United We Will Make a Difference
This is an excerpt from a report written by Dixie Dayo, past Alaska Native Knowledge Network Program Assistant on her recent attendance at the conference A Gathering: Growing Strong Together held in Kotzebue, Alaska June 30 through July 3, 1997.

Composition of Nutritive Value of Alaskan Game Meats

Health Careers in Alaska
"Health Careers in Alaska offers pertinent information about pursuing a health career in Alaska. The career guide is organized into tabs found above. An overview of the information found in each tab is described below. All information is updated on an annual basis and every effort is made to publish accurate information. Should you find an error in the information provided, please send staff an email using the form to the left. We hope you find this site useful in your search for health career information in Alaska."

Alaska Bio PREP
"Alaska BioPREP is a program funded by a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) and is designed to expand the experiences of our Alaskan community of science educators and learners. To do this, we provide biomedical research projects to high school students and teachers, with an emphasis on Alaska Native and rural participants."

Alaska INBRE (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence)
Excerpt: "INBRE is funded through the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources to build biomedical research capacity in Alaska. It focuses on environmental agents of disease (toxicants and microbes) and basic cellular biology and supports faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students throughout Alaska. High-school and college programs support urban and rural students, with emphasis on Alaska Natives."

Southcentral Foundation
"Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization serving nearly 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and 60 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit."

"The Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE) brings health career pathway programs together to create more opportunities for Alaskans. An award from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to Alaska WWAMI Director and Associate Dean Dennis Valenzeno created the first NIH-funded Center of Excellence on UAA’s campus."

"RES-PECT was created to help local Alaskan mental health agencies prepare staff to competently meet the needs of the returning Alaska children who had previously been placed in out-of-state residential or community based facilities."

Nitsitapiisinni - Stories and Spaces: Exploring Kainai Plants and Culture
From the Galileo Educational Network: "Check out the free webresource which features indigenous healing plants, aboriginal stories, historical photographs, student art and music, and video interviews with elders. You will find over 40 complete digitized books and teacher planning resources and links. Come explore the Kainai landscape with elder guides and learn from the Kainai ways of knowing."

Juneau's Floyd Dryden Middle School Wolf Team Plant Projects
Excerpt: "The students on the 7th grade Wolf Team at Floyd Dryden Middle School spent the fall quarter of 1999-2000 studying local plants. They studied characteristics of plants, how plants are classified, and the structure and function of plants. Students learned about the traditional uses of plants from many books and from a very knowledgable Tlingit elder, Marie Olsen. Each students collected plant specimens, pressed them, and made a plant book."

The Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
The Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC), initially funded by the Administration on Aging for a four-year period beginning February 1, 1994, is a national resource center for older American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, with special emphasis on culturally competent health care.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMHR), a program in the Department of Psychiatry, is one of five minority group mental health research centers sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, and is the only program of this type in the country focusing specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.


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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 8, 2013