Our Town

Native Village of Mary's Igloo

Teller, Alaska



Teller, Alaska, is a remote village of 260 people, 93 percent of whom are Inupiaq Eskimos. The Native Village of Mary's Igloo, a federally recognized tribe, is partnering with the not-for-profit Kawerak, Inc. and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center on community engagement and design activities for the Mary's Igloo Community Development Center in Teller. The new economic development and cultural heritage center will be designed through three design charrette meetings with the community and with local artists. The proposed facility will include a museum, cultural heritage room, library, commercial teaching kitchen, artisan workshop, small business operation spaces, lodging for tourists, gift shop, and storage. The facility will integrate local indigenous culture, public art, and sustainable, climate-appropriate building technologies as part of its design.