This local non-profit organization, committed to preserving and showcasing indigenous arts and crafts, is a hub for Haines travelers. Highlighting the culture of local Northwest Coast Native tribes, the showstopper is the silkscreen prints. Created by the team of Master Carvers in Haines, each design is drawn by hand before being cut and printed in the nearby graphics studio. Chris Nowicki is charged with managing the graphic process as a master printmaker.

Nowicki only visits Haines in the summer, but visitors are treated to gorgeous displays year round. All proceeds from the Alaska Indian Arts admission fees benefit programs like apprenticeships and workshops. However, silkscreen prints are just part of what you’ll find at this treasure of a destination.

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The organization is open to all Monday – Friday from 9 – 5. In the gallery, a display of formline designs from printers and carvers are featured. Gorgeous silver bracelets from Greg Horner (an artist with a studio on site) are also available. Visitors can also check out the carving studio to talk with the carvers and see a demonstration on hook knife work or adzing. You might also meet students working with their first knives or apprentice Native carvers with totems.

Daily, the director, Lee Heinmiller, offers a cultural history lecture (donation based). Hear about the history of Fort William H. Seward and how the totem pole carvings began, and find out about carving methods and designs used to tell a family story. The building is also available for private tours and as a venue rental.