Want to know more about Alaska Native culture?

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will be offering a mobile interactive tour for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in time for summer season opening day on May 8. The application will utilize groundbreaking technology that will help visitors better understand the cultures of Alaska Native people.

Work began on the project in October 2010, when ANHC contracted GuideOne,a mobile application development company, to design the interactive tour application. Some of the features of the application include walking tours, videos and photographs, multi-lingual versions, the ability for visitors to use social networks to share their experiences through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, quizzes and scavenger hunts for younger visitors, push notifications of events and visitor comments. Visitors will be able to download the application prior to arriving at ANHC, or download the application once they arrive on the center’s new public Wi-Fi network. Visitors can also rent an iPod touch from the ticketing office.

Other phones, including Blackberry and Android, will be able to download the mobile application at a later date. ANHC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing, perpetuating, and preserving Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education. To learn more about ANHC, visit www.alaskanative.net.