The Museum showcases carefully curated exhibitions and cultural items from the Yup’ik, Cup’ik, and Dene cultures of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.
The collection is located in the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska and has been under the stewardship of AVCP since 1994. The Museum is dedicated to helping maintain, restore, revitalize, and promote the Yup’ik culture and way of life through education.
Permanent collections include prehistoric artifacts, clothing, toys, hunting and gathering tools, as well as several larger items such as a full-scale sealskin hunting boat and sleds built specifically for display. The ancient artifacts and contemporary collections reflect traditional designs and survival methods that have sustained the Region’s Native people for thousands of years.
The Museum offers proper curation, culturally appropriate outreach events, and knowledge sharing. Through expertise, research, and community-based programs the Museum utilizes the collections to deliver workshops, seminars, and provide research opportunities. Local Elders also contribute by serving as teachers and mentors to Native youth, community members, and visitors. Collections are available for study by qualified researchers and Native culture-bearers.
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