Anchorage, Alaska: Burial Spirit Houses

Unusual and colorful burial sites -- looks like the miniature circus is in town.
Address:
Eklutna Village Rd, Anchorage, AK
Directions:
Near Eklutna. You drive out the Glen Highway toward Wasilla and take the Eklutna Lake turnoff and there are signs - turn left to go to Eklutna Village (graveyard) and right to head up to the lake.
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Graveyard. Colorful Alaskan-Russian Burials

I just got back from Alaska where I came across this grave yard. Basically what you are looking at is the combining of Russian (as in fur trade) and native burial practices that result in these fantastic spirit houses.

There's a 5-dollar donation box for the Russian Orthodox church. If visitors are lucky, they will see snow shoe rabbits being frisky in and among the graves and in the wilderness beyond.

[Rene de Guzman, 05/25/2009]

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