Tag Archives: April Laktonen Counceller

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 »

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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