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.
The world’s largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts finally has arrived home in Quinhagak on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast. After shipping delays in Europe, the Nunalleq artifacts have returned in time for the community’s museum opening.
“It just drives home this idea of a dynamic, fluid changing planet with a deep, deep history that will just blow your mind,” Self-described paleo nerd Ray Troll said. “You begin to look at this landscape and it almost melts before your eyes.”
A Klukwan Community Library initiative hopes to preserve the stories of tribal members. Chilkat Stories: Our Village, Our Lives aims to capture the experiences of Klukwan residents of all ages by creating audio recordings of their stories.
In March, someone stole a 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk from the Center. Bureau of Land Management, which owns the Center, announced Tuesday that it’s offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the missing 100-pound tusk.