Alutiiq Museum Featured on National Geographic Web


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The Alutiiq Museum is getting a nice bit of international exposure with an interview posted on the National Geographic’s website .

Alutiiq Museum’s Executive Director Sven Haakanson is the subject of a nearly nine minute long interview about the museum’s efforts to be an active part of the local Native community. He talked about his own efforts to learn about his ancestors, the museum’s struggle to save a dying language, and working with local elders to document traditions.

Haakanson was interviewed in June in Iceland at the Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences.

The National Geographic’s presentation of the Icelandic interview includes an article about the Alutiiq Museum and its many projects. There is also a short video about the return of Native masks which were collected by French anthropologist Alphones Pinart in the late 1800s. The masks were in Alaska for nine months, and were part of a major exhibition at the Alutiiq Museum in 2008. The masks were also displayed in Anchorage before being returned to France in 2009.

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