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The Ahtna Cultural Center is located at Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy, on the Wrangell-St. Elias Park Visitor Center grounds, near Copper Center. A fishwheel hand-built by Ahtna elder Johnny Goodlataw and local people is on display in front of the building, a welcome to those visiting the Ahtna Cultural Center. For additional information regarding the Cultural Center and our activities please call us at (907)822-3535, or email legacy@coppervalleyak.net.

C’ek’aedi Hwnax ‘Legacy House’

During a traditional tea in late March 2010, Ahtna elders named the Cultural Center “C’ek’aedi Hwnax.”  The name refers to the things the deceased have left behind including objects, photographs, recordings, and traditional knowledge. These things are the legacy our ancestors have left us.

The original intent of the museum effort was to work toward building a facility to house artifacts already owned by Ahtna, Incorporated, our regional Native corporation, and to repatriate Ahtna objects held by other museums.  Later, the concept of a museum was changed to the Ahtna Cultural Center to include living culture and language activities.

Purpose of C’ek’aedi Hwnax—the Ahtna Cultural Center:

  • Collect, preserve, study, exhibit and stimulate appreciation for the cultural resources of the Ahtna people;

  • Provide a central repository to house Ahtna cultural resources within the Ahtna region;

  • Provide a place for activities which perpetuate and increase the vitality of Ahtna people, culture and language;

  • Encourage opportunities for cultural education.

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