In Context: Archaeology and Dene Place Names
This event has ended. It was scheduled for 10/14/2021.
9:50-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14Online via Zoom
Over thousands of years, Indigenous people of Alaska have developed and continue to have a deep relationship to the land.
Join Gerad Smith, an archaeologist with Brice Environmental, and explore how the intersection of Dene place name study and current archaeological record offer context to Dene history in the Alaskan Interior. Free.
Note: This program has been retitled. Previously, the term 'prehistory' was in the title. The Anchorage Museum acknowledges being called on to reconsider this term as colonial and harmful. Discussion of this important point will be included in the program.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Gerad Smith has worked as an archaeologist throughout Alaska in both the private and academic settings since 2009 and has taught at both the UAA and UAF anthropology. He works as a project archaeologist for Brice Environmental and is developing a long-term community archaeology/paleoecology project with the Healy Lake Tribe.
Karen Evanoff, M.A., is of Dena’ina Athabascan descent. Her work revolves around documentation, preservation and revitalization of ancient Indigenous practices and earth-based values. From a holistic approach, she specializes in educational project and program development. Her passion lies in the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come from ancient knowledge practices and values. Evanoff’s work involves bridging cultural world views and differences and promoting a sense of inclusion.
Aaron Leggett was born in Anchorage, is Dena’ina Athabascan, and is a member of the President/Chief of the Native Village of Eklutna. He works as the Senior Curator of Alaska History and Indigenous Cultures at the Anchorage Museum. He was instrumental in bringing the first exhibition of the Dena’ina Athabascan people, “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: the Dena’ina Way of Living,” to the Anchorage Museum in 2013. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and co-authored publications about the Dena’ina culture, and has worked in museums and Indigenous curation for over 15 years.