Anchorage Museum offers programs in conjunction with Yup’ik science exhibition.
March 05, 2008
The Yup’ik have no word for science yet their tools were so well designed that they allowed them to live in a land no one else would inhabit. The interactive hands-on exhibition “Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup’ik Science and Survival,” presents more than 200 remarkable 19th and early 20th century tools, containers, weapons, watercraft and clothing in an exploration of the scientific principles and processes that allowed these people to survive in the sub-arctic tundra of the Bering Sea coast. These tools, from the collections of 13 museums in the U.S. and Germany, illustrate the intimate relationship between humans and their environment. The Way We Genuinely Live taps the power of the past to reveal the intelligence and ingenuity of this ancient culture and the ways their rich traditions continue to live on. Below are programs scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition, which is on view through Oct. 26:
Yup’ik Science Family Day
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15
Fun educational activities focus on the traditional Yup’ik technology and culture for the entire family.
Yup’ik Arts and Craft Demonstrations
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
March 11 through 15
Lena Atti and Gladys Atti from Kwigillingok will demonstrate how to weave the Qaperrluk (Grass Kuspuk) and Issran (Grass Bag).
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
April 9 through 13
Chuna McIntyre will demonstrate traditional skin sewing. Martina John will make a seal gut rain coat.
Curator’s Gallery Talk
1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, May 18
Join the anthropologist and exhibit curator Ann Fienup-Riordan for a special tour of Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup’ik Science and Survival.
Programs and demonstrations are included with museum admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and free for museum members and children age 17 and under. For more information, call 343-6323.