Tag Archives: April Laktonen Counceller

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 »

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 »

Planners of Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial Request Use of City Property

Draft design plan. Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The organizers behind a proposed Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial are seeking the Kodiak City Council’s support. The group requested a site that belongs to the city, and will present to the council at its work session tonight. The memorial idea comes from the recent return of ancestral remains that archeologists took from ... 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 »

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 »

Descendants Gather to Welcome Chirikof Ancestors Home

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 »

Workshop Covers Alutiiq Language and its Written Form

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A workshop today will cover the writing system of the Alutiiq language. Alutiiq Museum executive director, April Laktonen Counceller, says the written version of the language only developed after contact with the Western world. “Although the Alutiiq language didn’t have a writing system per se, it did have a lot of different ways that people communicated visually using ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Recognized by Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum’s executive director, April Laktonen Counceller, was in Pheonix, Arizona this week to accept an award on the museum’s behalf. At its annual meeting, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums granted the Alutiiq Museum its 2016 Museum Institutional Excellence Award. ATALM is a non-profit which supports indigenous institutions and offers networking and training programs ... Read More »

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