Our Cultural Goal is
“To reinvigorate traditions and culture among members while sharing our history and perspective with others.”
Our elders have told us to pass on our history and culture. We do this by involving our Elders in projects, collecting their stories, and utilizing their guidance to educate our families and the public.
We have two active Youth Groups, one based at Eklutna Village (one of our historical places) and another based in Anchorage (where we have many historical places). We provide educational information and share who we are through Tribal fish camp experiences, community events or gatherings, bi-annual Potlatch/Powwow (which is open to the public), cultural activities, books, pamphlets, brochures, videos, and periodic presentations.
We continue to utilize NHPA (National Historic Preservation Act) Section 106, and other legislation to mitigate impacts on traditional resources; collect historical, traditional, cultural wisdom from our elders to preserve for our youth; and educate the general public. This has resulted in our involvement with other organizations to ensure that Dena’ina history and culture is included on historical signage throughout our traditional area.
NVE incorporates cultural philosophy and activities throughout its operations and programs.