Anchorage museum shares heritage of Alaska
Smithsonian Spotlight series
Highlighting the collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Alaska Native elders, artists, scholars and researchers from around the state present a variety of topics with this lecture series. Topics reflect the full spectrum of traditional and contemporary arts and culture, often with reference to objects and themes represented in the “Living Our Cultures” exhibition.
Documenting and Teaching Alaska Native Languages
All of Alaska’s 20 Indigenous languages are considered endangered and their recovery is an urgent priority for Alaska Native communities. Video recordings and classroom lessons from the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center’s Listen and Learn series feature discussions about museum objects by fluent speakers and provide a resource for learning Alaska Native languages and for learning about Alaska Native cultures.
Artists in the museum's Collection
Emerging Alaska Native artists go behind the scenes to explore the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and Anchorage Museum collections, finding resources and inspiration.
Reviving and renewing Alaska Native traditions
During residencies with Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, accomplished artists demonstrate their work in important cultural forms and materials, combining traditional with innovative and experimental techniques. Follow-up workshops and classes extend the program to rural communities. Artists study “Living Our Cultures” exhibition objects to discover ancestral approaches that can be incorporated into new work and share their expert knowledge with students, visitors and museum staff. Recent residencies featured snowshoes, bentwood hunting hats, fish skin clothing, seal intestine parkas, and walrus ivory carving, with new programs planned on an ongoing basis.
Explore the ways that urban artists and youth and others express identity through workshops, programs, museum interventions, and temporary installations. The Urban Intervention series aims to empower youth through healthy creative expression. Previous programs included Tupik Mi about Indigenous tattooing and Skate Art about skateboarding and graphic design. Upcoming programs include graffiti.
Buying Alaska Native art
The Anchorage Museum Shop was featured among Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Museum Shops. The Anchorage Museum can offer tips for buying authentic Native art. Learn more.