IN CONTEXT: Community-based Archaeology
10 to noon Wednesday, April 4Reynolds Room
The Anchorage Museum In Context series are seasonal classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who illuminate themes explored in the museum's exhibitions and collections.
10 to 11 a.m.: Hear from Rick Knecht, PhD, via WebEx, about the Nunalleq archaeological site that is threatened by melting permafrost and rising sea levels, a University of Aberdeen partnership with the Qanirtuuq Village Corporation and the Yup'ik village of Quinhagak. The study has uncovered small masks, snow goggles and many other organic materials that are exceptionally well preserved. The Nunalleq site is yielding material from the 15th to 18th centuries.
11 to noon: Please join us for Truth of Oral Tradition: Archaeological Confirmation of Northern Indigenous Histories with Aron Crowell, PhD, of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Stories of remarkable events that occurred centuries ago- from wars, famines and migrations to geological cataclysms - are preserved in the oral traditions of Arctic and subarctic peoples. Communities and scientists are working together to uncover physical evidence that confirms these ancient events and reveals when they took place. The Truth of Oral Tradition explores this confluence of indigenous and scientific knowledge, focusing on Alaska examples.
$20 non-members, 10 percent discount for members.