Alaska Blanket Excercise

A participatory history lesson that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.



The Alaska Blanket Exercise program is a participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Alaska Native Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect, and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Through an experiential learning activity, participants will walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of Alaska Native people by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, colonization and resistance. This exercise was adapted from a best practice exercise use by indigenous people in Canada.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of Alaska Native history, since time immemorial.
  2. Participants will develop an understanding of the impacts of intergenerational trauma on Alaska Native people.
  3. Participants will develop an awareness of and gain an understanding of what they can do in their own lives and communities to break cycles of intergenerational trauma.

Funding for these activities was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant: 5 NU38OT000277-02-00). The views expressed in written materials, or publications, or by speakers do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.