This is Dena’ina ełnena.
This is Dena’ina homeland.
Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous people of a place. It is a public gesture of appreciation for the past and present Indigenous stewardship of the lands that we now occupy. Land Acknowledgment opens a space with gratefulness and respect for the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspective of Indigenous peoples. It is an actionable statement that marks our collective movement towards decolonization and equity. At the Anchorage Museum, we have created a workshop on Land Acknowledgment that will help guide individuals and organizations in deepening their work around this important topic.
This hour and half workshop will briefly describe contemporary themes of decolonization and equity and how Land Acknowledgement is often the first step individuals or organizations can make towards meaningfully enacting these values. Through personal and collective reflection, we will address outreach to Indigenous tribes (sovereign governments), identify your relationship to and knowledge of Indigenous peoples, and discuss the specific Alaska Native ideology behind cultural acknowledgement. Through Land Acknowledgement, we can start to transform our individual and collective understanding to equitably lift all people we work with. If you would like to see this workshop at your organization or institution, please submit a workshop request here:
Land Acknowledgment workshops are conducted by Anchorage Museum staff and professionals from Indigenous Alaskan communities.
This work is generously supported by CIRI, The CIRI Foundation, and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council.