LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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About the Project

Quyanásinaq - Many thanks!

The traveling exhibition Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People was produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center (Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History) in collaboration with the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak, Alaska. The participation of Alutiiq Elders, advisors, and communities was essential to its creation. Quyanásinaq to all who gave so generously of their time and knowledge.

Looking Both Ways was inspired in large part by community interest in seeing and learning from Alutiiq objects that are held by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. These materials, which include masks, clothing, and many other items of daily and ceremonial life, were purchased throughout the Alutiiq region in 1879-1894 by William J. Fisher, a German-born naturalist, museum collector, and commercial fur trader. Many additional objects are included courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum. The mission of the museum and its parent organization, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, is to preserve and share the cultural heritage of the Alutiiq people.

This interactive media version of Looking Both Ways was produced by the Arctic Studies Center for educational use, in cooperation with the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Project Director:
Dr. Aron L. Crowell, Director
Alaska Regional Office, Arctic Studies Center
Department of Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Research and Writing:
Aron L. Crowell, Dee Hunt, Amy Steffian, Sonja Lürhmann

Photography Research: Dee Hunt

Prototype and Map Design: Mark Matson
Object Photography: Carl C. Hansen, Smithsonian Institution
Research and Production Assistance: Shauna Lukin, April Laktonen, Jennifer McCarty

Exhibition Co-Curator: Amy F. Steffian, Alutiiq Museum
Collections Management: Deborah Hull-Walski (Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History) and Elizabeth Eufemio (Alutiiq Museum)
Exhibition Registrar: Deborah Wood (Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History)

Interactive Design: Impact LLC

School Curriculum Design:
Dr. Patricia Partnow, Alaska Native Heritage Center
Teacher Training Program: Sue Pope

Curriculum Advisors:
Martha Demientieff, Alutiiq Elder and educator
Richard DeLorenzo, Chugach School District
Terry Dickey, University of Alaska Museum
Dee Hunt, Independent Researcher
Edna Lamebull, Anchorage School District
Gale Parsons, Pratt Museum
Cindy Pennington, Alaska Native Heritage Center
Teri Schneider, Kodiak Island Borough School District

Smithsonian Institution
National Endowment for the Humanities
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
Alaska Humanities Forum
Alutiiq Heritage Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
Phillips Alaska, Inc.
Koniag, Inc.
Chugach School District
Kodiak Island Borough School District

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