Break out of the typical weekend shopping trip and find the adventure of a lifetime within America’s Last Frontier! Anchorage, Alaska, located at the convergence of the Seward Highway and the Glenn Highway, welcomes visitors from all over the world to shop for distinctive items and cultural treasures.
Discover the beautiful workmanship of the Athabascan, Inupiat, Haida and Tlingit cultures (to name only a few). Locally handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items including ivory walrus tusk carvings, halibut bone hooks, and beautiful sea otter evening bags are among the items available for purchase at locations such as the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery in downtown Anchorage. The sleek, crescent-bladed ulu knife was first crafted by the Inuit people over 3000 years ago, and was a favorite cutting tool for a variety of daily tasks such as sewing, skinning animals, and preparing meals. Bring home one of these unique knives from the Ulu Factory and connect with generations past.
Taste the delicious side of America’s Last Frontier with local cuisine and tantalizing confections, such as wild berry chocolates and caramels. The Alaska Wild Berry Products factory is also home to the world’s largest “chocolate waterfall.” If you decide to visit, don't forget to sample your own wedge of Alaska’s largest chocolate bar, weighing in at 5.25 lbs of heaven! For adventurous connoisseurs looking for a hearty feast of cultural fare, reindeer sausage and fresh-caught Alaskan King Crab (straight from Alaska's oceanic waters) will excite your palate and may leave you forever dissatisfied with ordinary hamburgers and fries.
Get acclimated by shopping for traditional Alaskan garments. Among many stylish options are qiviut (Native Alaskan for down or underwool) scarves and nachaqs (Native Alaskan for hood), which remain practical and beautiful in all kinds of weather. Eskimo-style parkas (ornately patterned coats with fur accents) are the perfect means for contending with mischievous Jack Frost and keeping toasty in the short days and long nights of a Northern winter.
When shopping for Alaskan merchandise and other native crafts, look for authenticity tags with either a symbol of a polar bear and cub or a silver hand. These tags will direct you to items made in Alaska or those crafted by Alaska Natives. For more places to purchase authentic arts and craftwork, check out the online directory that lists arts and crafts businesses owned and operated by American Indians and Alaska Natives. This centralized resource is maintained by the Indian Arts & Crafts Board of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. The Alaska Visitors Center and the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau are other great resources to learn more about the many shopping opportunities in America's Last Frontier.
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