Cultural Values

Alaska Native cultures all hold certain values to be paramount to their cultures. There are similarities and individualities of various Alaska Native groups and their values.

Although there is great diversity in cultural values held by the various Alaska Native cultures, below is a list of some important values all Alaska Native cultures share:

  • Show Respect to Others: Each Person Has a Special Gift
  • Share What You Have: Giving Makes You Richer
  • Know Who You Are: You Are a Reflection on Your Family
  • Accept What Life Brings: You Cannot Control Many Things
  • Have Patience: Some Things Cannot Be Rushed
  • Live Carefully: What You Do Will Come Back to You
  • Take Care of Others: You Cannot Live without Them
  • Honor Your Elders: They Show You the Way in Life
  • Pray for Guidance: Many Things Are Not Known
  • See Connections: All Things Are Related
 See examples of how these values impact health care