Smithsonian treasures featured in Museum's newest exhibit
September 30, 2002
(Editors: there will be a press preview of this exhibit Friday, Oct.
4 at 10 a.m. Images are available for print media. Call 343-6151 for
Archaeological treasures from the Smithsonian Institution will be on display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in its newest exhibition, Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People, Oct. 6, 2002 through Feb. 28, 2003. This highly regarded exhibition of Alutiiq culture, which first opened in Kodiak and most recently was shown at the Pratt Museum in Homer, comes to the Anchorage Museum for an extended stay. Created in close cooperation with the Alaska Native communities it represents, Looking Both Ways is a unique introduction to the Alutiiq people of Alaska's southcentral coast.
The exhibition enlists art, archaeology, history and oral tradition to trace the ÒAlutiiq pathÓ from ancestral generations to contemporary life. Hunting hats, masks, skin clothing, carvings and archaeological treasures from the Smithsonian collections are signposts along the way, presented in the words of Alutiiq people themselves.
Opening Reception features lamp-lighting ceremony and Native dance performance The opening reception for this important exhibition promises to be a memorable one. Join us at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 for a ceremonial lamp lighting--an extension of welcome and tradition honoring the connection to the Alutiiq heritage. The Alutiiq dance group Nanwalek will also perform. After the ceremony and dance performance, Aron Crowell, Ph.D. will lead a tour of the exhibition. A program on Alutiiq culture and identity follows led by Crowell and Alutiiq elder and scholar Martha Dementieff.
The exhibition was produced by the Arctic Studies Center Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in cooperation with the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibits Central and participants from 25 Alutiiq communities.
It was curated by Arctic Studies Director Aron Crowell, Ph.D. Looking Both Ways is funded by National Endowment for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution, Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Phillips Alaska Inc., and Koniag, Inc.
The Arctic Studies Center and the Museum Education Department have planned an exciting schedule of programming to accompany this exhibition that affords many opportunities for learning more about the Alutiiq culture:
For more information, call Janet Asaro at 343-6151.