Tag Archives: Alutiiq Museum

Fundraising Begins for Alutiiq Ancestral Memorial & Park

Draft design plan. Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is moving forward on a memorial park to honor Alutiiq ancestors and culture. The museum’s governing council had been waiting for Kodiak City Council’s okay before continuing onto the next steps, like community fundraising. The park would be downtown on city land. Last month, the council consented to ... Read More »

Man Returns Alutiiq Lamp to Kodiak Island

This stone lamp was found by Calvin Fair at Chief Cove in western Kodiak around 1987. It has been returned to Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum. Photo by Clark Fair Kayla Desroches/KMXT Artifacts sometimes end up in attics or storage boxes miles away from their places of origin. That was the case for one object that started on Kodiak Island and found ... Read More »

Linguist Covers Many Meanings of One Alutiiq Word

Julia Fine. Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A linguist will dedicate the second installment in the Alutiiq Museum’s fall lecture series to one Alutiiq word. Julia Fine, a graduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been coming to Kodiak for the last few years to help out on the Alutiiq language scene. She’s interned ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Amps Up Social Media Presence

Christina Thompson. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository’s new events specialist is in charge of putting the museum on the social media radar. Kodiak-born Christina Thompson says the organization already has a presence on Facebook, and she’s focused on image-based sites like Instagram. “Everybody’s on social media. Twelve-year-olds have cell phones right now, so ... Read More »

Borough may Donate Artifacts to Alutiiq Museum

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will decide if it’ll donate a selection of artifacts to the Alutiiq museum at its regular meeting Thursday evening. The artifacts come from an excavation that the museum conducted on borough land in Womens Bay. They currently are on loan to the museum. This excavation was the fourth at the Kashevaroff site, says ... Read More »

Alutiiq Language Nest School Enters First Full Semester

Students and teachers in classroom in the Afognak building on Near Island during pilot semester. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A preschool designed to immerse children in the Alutiiq language is about to enter its first full semester of classes. The Administration for Native Americans granted the Sun’aq tribe roughly $2 million dollars to establish the nest school. It wrapped up ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Project Specialist Now Gallery Manager

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq Museum employee is switching over to a new position at the store front. Kodiak local Rebecca Pruitt has been a project specialist at the museum for about four years, supporting the programs the Alutiiq Museum was able to provide through various grants it won. She also sometimes filled in at the storefront at the museum entrance. ... Read More »

Alutiiq Word of the Week Program Turns 20

Kayla Desroches/KMXT This week is the 20th anniversary of a program that helped build Alutiiq language awareness on Kodiak Island. The Alutiiq Museum airs the Alutiiq Word of the Week on KMXT Public Radio in short segments, prints it in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, and posts the podcast to its website. It also archives Alutiiq words, their pronunciations, and their ... Read More »

Low Tide Reveals Alutiiq Fishing Method

Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He says those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region. The Alutiiq Museum is ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Releases New E-Books for App

Cover of the digital book Cestun lla et’a?–How is the Weather? Painting by Sandee Drabek Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is expanding its e-book collection, this time with stories focusing on children and their natural environments. The digital picture books are geared towards improving kids’ Alutiiq language literacy. The project began last fall with three stories: one about winter, one ... Read More »

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