The name translates as "the people's way of living" and this truly is a meeting ground for all things Bethel. The center emphasizes cultural education through Native elders and year-round it hosts educational workshops on Alaska Native themes (such as fishskin sewing), fundraisers for local organizations, movie screenings with the Bethel Actors Guild, and summer Saturday markets. The museum, founded in 1965 as the Bethel Museum, contains more than 2,500 artifacts, photographs,
and artwork of the region's three Native cultures: Athabascan, Cup'ik, and Yup'ik. In its galleries you'll find rare historic and prehistoric treasures such as tribal masks, statues, and intricate carvings in ivory, baleen, and whalebone. The permanent collection features past and present clothing styles plus numerous implements and tools used in traditional subsistence lifestyles of the people inhabiting the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.