Alaska Natives

New comprehensive textbook spurs speaking and teaching of Alutiiq language

The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak in collaboration with the Alutiiq Museum have released a textbook to help revitalize an endangered Alaska Native language. As KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports, it’s a new tool to teach the next generation of Alutiiq speakers. The Alutiiq language also known as Sugpiaq is broken up into two main dialects, the Koniag Alutiiq spoken in Kodiak …

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Alutiiq Museum to create online database of repatriation efforts

While efforts to repatriate Alaska Native remains have been ongoing, keeping track of those remains has been difficult. But now the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak is building a database of repatriation efforts for the archipelago’s communities.  Amanda Lancaster is the Alutiiq museum’s curator of collections. She says the $99,713 grant comes from the National Park Service’s Native American Graves Protection …

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Traditional Knowledge report formally incorporated into Board of Fisheries finfish meeting in Kodiak

For the first time in Alaska Board of Fisheries history, a portion of the finfish meeting in Kodiak last week, January 9th – 12th, was dedicated to traditional knowledge. As KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports, the discussion covered a variety of topics, including equitable fishing for rural Kodiak Island residents. Four people testified during the first-ever traditional knowledge report at Kodiak’s …

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Alutiiq Museum commissions new atkuk to display in galleries after construction

An atkuk is a type of traditional Alutiiq clothing.  “The snow falling parka is what these are sometimes known as and when someone is dancing, wearing it, you see the ermine tails just sort of sway and it really does look like snow falling,” said Amanda Landcaster, the curator of collections at the Alutiiq Museum.  The new Atkuk was made …

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Talk of the Rock: Alutiiq Museum renovations

Talk of the Rock host Jared Griffin talks with Alutiiq Museum Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller and Djuna Davidson, Director of Advancement and Operations, about museum programs and their $14 million renovation project. You can check out the Alutiiq Museum renovation plans at https://alutiiqmuseum.org/visit/renovation Listen to their conversation here:

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Talk of the Rock: Kodiak History Museum

On this week’s episode of Talk of the Rock, host Jared Griffin speaks with representatives of the Kodiak History Museum. KHM Executive Director Sarah Harrington talks about plans for the museum building (Alaska’s oldest), plus museum curator Lynn Walker and board member and exhibit committee member Candace Branson talk about the Native Identities exhibit and other museum programming. Listen here:

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Talk of the Rock: Health and Wellness during Alaska Native Heritage Month

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Jared Griffin talks with guests about health and wellness activities during Alaska Native Heritage Month. Joining Jared in the studio are: Libby Eufemio, Asst. Professor Alaska Native Studies Berta Detorres, Cama’i Club president Margie Mete, Professor of Nursing, PhD in Indigenous Studies Lisa Truitt, KANA Prevention Listen here:

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Margaret Roberts mourned by community

Portrait of Margaret Roberts by Helen Simeonoff (watercolor, 1995) The Alutiiq community in Kodiak is mourning the passing of one of its most adored elders and culturebearers. Margaret Roberts was born in Kodiak in 1948. She passed away on Monday, according to the Alutiiq Museum, after decades of service to the Alutiiq community in Kodiak and Alaska Native people more …

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