Coal Creek gold dredge, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. NPS photo.

Welcome to the Alaska Anthropological Association

Founded in 1974, the Association is a statewide professional organization for people working, studying and interested in all areas of northern anthropology. Today, the Association has over 200 active members in Alaska, the United States and countries including Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, and Japan. For more than thirty years its members have helped to break new ground in basic and applied research, to build collaborations between researchers and communities, and to foster public knowledge and interest in circumpolar cultural heritage. The Association’s annual meetings are an international forum for projects in archaeology, linguistics, cultural studies, oral history, medical anthropology, museum exhibitions, cultural resource management, human genetics, and more. Our peer-reviewed publications – the Alaska Journal of Anthropology and Aurora monograph series – hold a growing and respected place in the literature of the north.

The Alaska Anthropological Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that depends on dues, contributions, and the volunteer efforts of its members. It offers student, regular, and institutional memberships, all including an annual subscription to the Alaska Journal of Anthropology.

December 04, 2017

Material Traditions Artists’ Residency: Moosehide Tanning and Sewing in the Dene Way

Older generations of Athabascan peoples hand-tanned moose hides using time-tested methods that transformed raw skins into strong, supple leather for sewing beaded or quill-embroidered tunics, jackets, mittens, bags and moccasins, as well as everyday essentials from skin toboggans to dog harnesses. Traditional moosehide tanning is time consuming, labor intensive and technically complex, and has widely . . . MORE
November 29, 2017

Archaeologist Position (Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC, Anchorage Office)

Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC (NLURA) has an opening for one Archaeologist in our Anchorage Office.  The qualified candidate must have an M.A./M.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology (or closely related field) and have completed archaeology field school or demonstrated equivalent with archaeology survey and data collection methods, and have at least 2 years field experience . . . MORE
November 13, 2017

Project Archaeologist (Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC, Anchorage Office)

Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC (NLURA) has an opening for one Project Archaeologist in our Anchorage Office.  The qualified candidate must have an M.A./M.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology (or closely related field) and have completed archaeology field school or demonstrated equivalent with archaeology survey and data collection methods, have at least 3 years field experience . . . MORE