ECHO Institutions

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Alaska Natives represent many languages, cultures, and philosophies, but they share the common challenge to embrace modern changes while maintaining traditional cycles of knowledge. In 1987, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the state’s largest Native organization, responded to the need for a gathering place by unanimously approving a statewide Native culture center. The Alaska Native Heritage Center was founded in Anchorage in 1999.

8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 330-8000

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop as a memorial to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. The Bishop Museum’s mission is to study, preserve and tell the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. It works closely with teachers, school children, and lifelong learners to offer meaningful educational programs, hosting more than 325,000 children, families, and out-ofstate visitors annually.

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96817
(808) 847-3511

Iñupiat Heritage Center / North Slope Borough

The Iñupiat Heritage Center was designed to serve as an inspirational facility to promote and protect Iñupiaq culture, history, and language through exhibits, classes, performances, and educational activities. The facility includes a gallery, a traditional room for working on arts and crafts, a classroom, a large conference and performance room, the Tuzzy Consortium Library, and the offices of the Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commission. It opened to the public in early 1999 after ten years of planning, and is currently managed by the North Slope Borough Planning Department.

P.O. Box 69
Barrow, Alaska 99723
(907) 852-0422

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Mississippi Choctaws have not lost sight of the traditions that hold them together as a people. In the midst of a thriving, modern reservation community, Choctaw culture holds an honored place. The Choctaw language, spoken by a majority of tribal members, is heard in reservation schools, workplaces and administrative offi ces. Visual evidence of traditional life abounds. With a strong sense of the folkways, values and traditions that have sustained and defined them as a people, Mississippi Choctaws honor the past and build upon it towards the future.

New Bedford ECHO Project

The New Bedford ECHO Project is a unique collaboration between the New Bedford Oceanarium and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The New Bedford ECHO Project initiatives include cultural exchanges, collections sharing, internship and apprentice programs, and ocean learning activities. Additionally, the New Bedford Oceanarium and the New Bedford Whaling Museum offer educational experiences. The New Bedford Whaling Museum works primarily with students and their teachers in the areas of history, culture, and marine science. The New Bedford Oceanarium focuses on teacher education through professional and curriculum development initiatives of the Connecting Oceans Academy.

Peabody Essex Museum

In 2003, with the completion of a major new building program and completely reinstalled exhibits, the Peabody Essex Museum has assumed a position at the forefront of national and international museums of art and culture. Beautiful and exciting new galleries and interpretive media help visitors engage with a world of human creativity, including collections from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.