Tag Archives: Alutiiq Museum

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 »

Alutiiq Museum to Exhibit Old Harbor Artist’s Treasured Piece

Nacaq, a beaded headdress by Alutiiq artist Kayla Christiansen. Photograph courtesy the UA Museum of the North and the Sitka National Historic Park Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository supports Alaska Native artists locally and statewide, and it just announced the acquisition of a couple of beaded art pieces, including a headdress from an artist in Old Harbor. ... Read More »

Alutiiq Community Seeks City-Owned Property for Memorial Park

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is scoping out a site to bury ancestral remains that returned to the Kodiak Archipelago in February. The internment would be the end of the ancestors’ long journey. Archaeologists in the 1960s removed the remains from a gravesite on Chirikof Island and took them out of state. The majority of the remains ended up at ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Turns Art Interactive

Opening night of the Pililuki exhibit. On the left hand side are the two different types of hats and the booth to create them. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq museum’s new exhibit opened Friday and is called Pililuki, which means “make them” in the Alutiiq language. Activities in the room invite people to interact with Alutiiq culture and history, ... Read More »

Program to Bring Broadband to Villages

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 »

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