Obsidian pebbles from the Wiki Peak source in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. NPS photo by Jeff Rasic.

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.

April 18, 2016

2016 Alaska Native Day at Fort Ross

If you’re in California in May, be sure to check out Alaska Native Day! Location: Fort Ross State Historic Park Date: May 21, 2016 Events John Sperry Memorial Qayak Race Baidar building Alaska Native dancing Kids’ Crafts: Face “tattooing” Language games Petroglyph painting Spear-throwing with atlatls Demonstrations: Beading Chagudax (hunter’s hats) carving
March 15, 2016

Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium

In celebration of 100 years, the National Park Service – Alaska Region will host the Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, October 19-20, 2016. The symposium will highlight how science and scholarship have shaped the past 100 years of national park management and provide a forward look at the next . . . MORE
September 30, 2015

Archaeology Day 2015!

If you are in the Anchorage area on Saturday, October 17th, be sure to check out Archaeology Day! The University of Alaska Anchorage will be hosting the event at the University Center Mall, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bring the whole family to learn about the human skeleton or flintknapping, or try your hand at . . . MORE