Tag Archives: Alutiiq Museum

Program to Bring Broadband to Villages

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak villages may soon see a boost in their internet speed. The Alutiiq Museum is involved in a federally funded National Digital Inclusion Alliance program called Digital Inclusion Corps. It’s intended to build broadband infrastructure in rural areas and increase residents’ understanding of computers. Kodiak is now one of five sites involved in the program, which springs from ... Read More »

Descendants Gather to Welcome Chirikof Ancestors Home

The boxes of remains transported from Anchorage to the Kodiak state airport. The ancestral remains are packed within many different layers, including various boxes, for safety. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Father Innocent Dresdow performs service on the remains in the room where they’re being kept, in a lower level of the Alutiiq Museum. Photo by April Laktonen Counceller / Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT After years of work, ancestral remains from a 19th century settlement on Chirikof Island have returned home. In the 1960s, archaeologists removed the bones from Chirikof, which ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Recognizes Volunteer of the Year

Julia Fine. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum

Julia Fine. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum just announced its volunteer of the year, Julia Fine, a former museum intern from Massachusetts with a love for language. The Stanford graduate first came to Kodiak in 2013 to focus on language instruction and, since then, has returned multiple times. As befitting a volunteer of the year, ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Director of Operations to Leave Island

Marnie Leist. Courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum

Marnie Leist. Courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum’s Director of Operations is moving on. Marnie Leist has been in Kodiak for 11 years, and looks back to when she first arrived to the island. She says she got a master’s degree in art history and museum studies, and the only position she applied to following graduation ... Read More »

Behind the Scenes Prepping a Traveling Exhibit

Sarah Owens holds a fish skin bowl by Audrey Armstrong. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Sarah Owens holds a fish skin bowl by Audrey Armstrong. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A traveling exhibit featuring pieces from Alaskan artists is moving from community to community, and it features some local creations along the way. The exhibit, called Living Alaska, is curated by former Alutiiq Museum executive director Sven Haakanson and originated at the Anchorage Museum, all thanks ... Read More »

First Lecture in Series to Address the Art of the Kayak

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868.  Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via alutiiqmuseum.org.

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868. Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via alutiiqmuseum.org. Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local craftsman will lead a lecture about Alutiiq kayak carving techniques focused on one example in particular. The Alutiiq Museum is currently exhibiting a seal skin-covered kayak, which Jim Dillard says was probably crafted ... Read More »

Knife Discovered at Community Archaeology Site

Patrick Saltonstall holds Alutiiq knife. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum & Archeological Repository

Patrick Saltonstall holds Alutiiq knife. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum & Archeological Repository Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum’s Community Archeology program led to the discovery of a knife this week. Alutiiq Museum Curator of Archaeology, Patrick Saltonstall, says they’re in the fourth year of digging the Kashevaroff site at Salonie Creek, and focus on a different spot each time. He ... Read More »

Two Kodiak Locals and Former Alutiiq Museum Interns Join Staff

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two new Alutiiq Museum employees are Kodiak locals and former Alutiiq Museum interns. Molly Odell, who will handle museum grants as Project Manager, she says she pursued a master’s degree in archaeology and can trace that interest back to her childhood in Chiniak. “There was a big archeological dig right next to my house. It was on the ... Read More »

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