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By Chelsi Slotten with Emily Cain and Haley Bryant Starting in 2015, we began a joint effort with the Anthropology Collections Management Unit to photograph and make digitally available the entire NMNH Arctic Ethnology collection which contains over 20,000 objects. As you might imagine, this is a huge undertaking. This... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Magnetic North
By Chelsi Slotten The Society for American Archaeology will be hosting its 82nd annual meeting in Vancouver Canada this week (March 29- April 2). Over five days’ thousands of scholars will convene to talk about their research, discuss important questions facing the field, and plan for the future. This year,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Magnetic North
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By: Chelsi Slotten It’s been quite a year here at the Arctic Studies Center. We started off with a workshop on animal crashes in the Arctic in early January and have kept busy ever since. Scholars from across the US, Canada, and Europe joined us to look at how human-climate-animal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Magnetic North
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By Dawn Biddison The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center’s Sharing Archival photo from Material Traditions: Sewing Gut. Kwigillingok, 1931, Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum. Knowledge Alaska website offers educational and instructional videos -- some with teacher’s guides and lessons -- from its Anchorage Museum exhibition programs. With assistance from NMNH website... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Magnetic North
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By: Schuyler Litten and Chelsi Slotten Last Tuesday, October 25th, we had the pleasure of hosting the Artic Fulbright open house in the Ocean Hall of the National Museum of Natural History. We welcomed 17 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars from Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Norway, Sweden and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Magnetic North
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By Amy Phillips-Chan, Director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum. Originally Published in the ASC Newsletter, No. 23. 55-57 For almost 50 years the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum has perched a few yards from the icy coast of Norton Sound on historic Front Street in Nome, Alaska. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Magnetic North
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By Emily Cain and David Rosenthal. Originally published in the ASC Newsletter, No. 23. 40-41 Emily Cain (left) and Brittany Hance (right) in the Department of Anthropology's Imaging Lab at the Museum Support Center. The summer of 2015 saw the beginning of the Department of Anthropology’s Collections Management Unit’s Arctic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Magnetic North
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Location: Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum Date: Thursday, September 1 at noon Carpenter turned positive rap musician, motivational speaker and community activist, Samuel Johns (Ahtna Athabascan) talks about his work, which includes founding ForgetMeNotAK.org to help the homeless reconnect with their families. This event is sponsored by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Magnetic North
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Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum: Thursday August 4th at noon In 2015, the Anchorage Museum brought Greenlandic tattoo artist Maya Jacobsen together with Iñupiaq artist Holly Nordlum to collaborate around traditional tattoos. Join Nordlum for an update on this project and accompanying documentary about skin-stitching cultural heritage. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Magnetic North
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Location: Anchorage Museum lawn Date: Friday, July 8th at 1-5pm See murals in the making, inspired by Alaska Native heritage represented in the Smithsonian and Anchorage Museum collections. Arizona artists Dwayne "Dwayno Insano" Manuel (Onk Akimel O’odham) and Rene "Strike 1" Garcia (Tohono O’odham) with Alaska artist Arielo "Bisco" Taylor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Magnetic North
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CLICK HERE for a preview of Material Traditions: Sewing Gut – a set of educational videos from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center artists' residency at the Anchorage Museum and community workshop at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel. Featuring artists Mary Tunuchuk (Yup'ik), Elaine Kingeekuk (St. Lawrence Island Yupik)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Magnetic North
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Climate Days brought together 158 Arctic specialists to share with one another the current knowledge of ice conditions and climate change in the Arctic. The primary venue for the conference was Ilulissat’s Hotel Arctic. Sponsors who made this conference possible include Denmark’s National Space Institute, the Nordic Council of Ministers,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Magnetic North
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By Chelsi Slotten with Ann Fienup-Riordan The Bering Sea coast is a sparsely inhabited bit of the sub-arctic Tundra. Despite this, the Yup’ik people have made their home there for centuries. The sophisticated design of their tools allowed the Yup’ik people to live in an area that no one else... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Magnetic North
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By: Chelsi Slotten with William Fitzhugh Ask most people who the first Europeans in North American were and they would probably answer Christopher Columbus. They would also be incorrect. The first Europeans to land in North America were actually a group of Vikings sailing under Leif Eriksson almost 500 years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Magnetic North
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By: Chelsi Slotten with William Fitzhugh Ainu means “human”- Ainu means “us”. These powerful words are the beginning of a journey to understand the indigenous population of northern Japan-the Ainu. In the exhibit Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People, we meet a 10,000-year-old culture. Through select objects and artworks the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Date: Thursday, November 5th at 7pm Location: Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum D. Roy Mitchell, research analyst for the Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council, discusses the causes of language loss including involuntary boarding school programs in the past to ongoing economic and political domination, and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Magnetic North
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What would you do if you found a woven spruce hat in a retreating glacier? For master weaver Delores Churchill, it was a chance to connect the past to her present. The National Museum of Natural History will host a screening of “Tracing Roots: Delores Churchill and the Hat of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Date: Sunday, October 11th at 2pm Location: Anchorage Museum auditorium, FREE Documentary shorts about Alaska Natives, including Harvest: Quyurciq featuring Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams (Yup'ik) of Sitka. Other films are A Way of Making Life Beautiful: Yup'ik Art Between Two Worlds, Trapping at 15 Below, and The Story of NANANordic.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Voices from Cedar: Carved Whistles and Rattles of Southeast Alaska Whistles, rattles, and clappers summon spirits and echo their voices during the dances and ceremonies of Southeast Alaska. Carved from red or yellow cedar, these traditional instruments blend distinctive musical sounds with complex beauty of form. Master carvers John Hudson... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Date: Thursday, September 3rd at noon Location: Arctic Studies Center gallery at the Anchorage Museum According to Iñupiaq scholar Edna Ahgeak MacLean, Ph.D., "Courses of change to the Iñupiaq people of the North Slope will require strong programs for the retention of our identity as Iñupiat." In this lecture she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Magnetic North
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The URBAN Interventions series of Polar Lab motivates and empowers youth through creative, healthy expression. The first program in this series, Skate Art, brings New York-based skateboarder Jim Murphy to the museum. A member of the Lenni Lenape tribe, Murphy is the co-founder of Wounded Knee Skateboards and the director... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Date: Thursday, August 6th at noon Location: Arctic Studies Center gallery at the Anchorage Museum Tlingit Traditional Healer Meda DeWitt-Schleifman discusses how Alaska Native traditional health practices are relevant and accessible, and how they can provide the basis for living well today. This event is sponsored by the Recovering Voices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Iñupiaq/Athabascan Carver Brian Walker Location: Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska in the Arctic Studies Center Gallery (2nd Floor, West Wing) Cost: Free with Admission Emerging artist Brian Walker walks in the two worlds of his family: Ukivokmiut Iñupiaq and Deg Hit'an Dene (Athabascan). Join him for a talk about his work... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Magnetic North
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Featuring educational videos on: Sewing salmon skin Stitching, wrapping and weaving porcupine quill Making Aleutian Islands bentwood hats Inupiaq language and culture (with lessons) St. Lawrence Island Yupik language and culture (with lessons) http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/sharing-knowledge-alaska/Index.html Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Magnetic North