The Native village of Eklutna has a fascinating old cemetery, still in use, in which each grave is enclosed by a highly decorated spirit house the size of a large dollhouse. These little shelters excite the imagination in a way no ordinary marker would. They originally contained guns, cups, and other items the departed might need in the afterlife. There are two small Russian Orthodox churches on the site, including the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Built north of here of logs sometime before 1870, it is among the oldest buildings in the state. Tour guides offer an orientation talk before leading visitors through the site and both churches. Services in the white church, built in 1962, are Sunday morning and Thursday and Saturday evening (check the website). Wear mosquito repellent to visit the cemetery, and also take the time to see Thunderbird Falls.