Tag Archives: Alutiiq Museum

Alutiiq museum to purchase five more local art pieces

Detail of Ing’iq (Barometer Mountain), oil on canvas, by Genevieve Opheim. (Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum will purchase five more pieces by local artists through the Rasmuson Foundation art acquisition fund. The different mediums and art forms all feature a little bit of island life. Alf Pryor’s photographs feature the remnants of a former cannery. Genevieve ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum releases book on traditional use of plants

Wormwood foliage. (A&M AgriLife Photo by Kathleen Phillips / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum just released a book about the traditional uses of Kodiak plants. Homer based ethnobotanist Priscilla Russell worked with museum staff to transform her research into the 181-page resource. According to a museum press release, Russell visited Kodiak villages in the 1990s and documented local knowledge ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum to Catalog Artifacts

Patrick Saltonstall holds Alutiiq knife. (Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum & Archeological Repository) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is at the beginning of a project to record and describe all of its roughly 300 kinds of artifacts. The museum just received an almost $50,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services via Koniag, which owns many of the ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Promotes Employee to Project Specialist

Lauren McCausland. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum just promoted its temporary gallery assistant to the more permanent position of project specialist. In the future, Lauren McCausland sees herself transitioning away from the museum world. She says she imagines herself teaching Kodiak children. Right now, she’s taking classes through the University of Alaska Anchorage to earn her ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Holds Date Night With Danger

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum will hold a date night with danger Friday. The annual event preps people to survive a hypothetical apocalypse using Alutiiq skills and objects. One activity calls on couples to exercise their hand-eye coordination. Events specialist Christina Thompson says participants will learn to use a spear thrower called an atlatl. “If you can imagine, you know ... Read More »

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 »

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