Ilanka Cultural Center

Ilanka Cultural Center information

Cordova , USA
Street 110 Nicholoff Way
+1 424 7903
admission free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Fri
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Lonely Planet review

This excellent museum operated by local Alaska Natives, has a small but high-quality collection of Alaska Native art from all over the state. Don’t miss the intact killer-whale skeleton – one of only five in the world – with flippers that could give you quite a slap. Also on display is artist Mike Webber’s Shame Pole, a totem pole that tells the grim tale of the oil spill, spitting back Exxon’s then-top official Don Cornett’s famous words, ‘We will make you whole again.’ This place also has a wonderful gift shop and offers classes on such crafty subjects as scrimshaw and spruce-root weaving. Call for a schedule.