Nicholas Galanin strives to create fearlessly. The Tlingit-Unangax artist works in multiple mediums and from his home in Sitka, has made a name for himself in the indigenous art world. At 39, Galanin currently has a solo retrospective at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona
An Anchorage woman hoping to practice her ancestral language in a daily, modern setting has started to do just that with a new Inupiaq language option that recently went live on Facebook for those who employ the social media giant’s community translation tool.
Haines resident and master carver Wayne Price will teach his craft this fall to University of Alaska Southeast students. Classes start Aug 27. Alaska Native languages associate professor Lance Twitchell first approached Price, who will be working with the university as a professor for the first time.
Quinhagak took a big step to redraft its cultural narrative this month with the opening of the largest museum collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world, located off the of the Bering Sea coast. The village has been regaining pre-contact cultural knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of its Yup’ik heritage.
The company’s owner, Kunniak Hopson, moved to Chugiak 11 years ago from Utqiaġvik, which she calls Barrow. When she was growing up, her family always put McCormick’s Salt ‘n Spice on maktak, which is frozen whale blubber and skin. But McCormick’s stopped making it and she had to find an alternative.
Quinhagak’s new museum is home to 60,000 artifacts, the largest collection of pre-contact Yup’ik artifacts in the world. The opening was the culmination of nine years of back-breaking work, and the result of a unique partnership between Quinhagak’s village corporation and archaeologists.