Dinner Banquet Friday, March 23, 2018 (6:00-9:00 PM) at Egan Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Alan Boraas (Professor of Anthropology, Kenai Peninsula College)
Professor Boraas teaches at the Kenai Peninsula College branch of UAA, located in the city of Kenai, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage. He has conducted archaeological excavations at historic Russian sites, Late Prehistoric Dena’ina sites, and both Riverine and Marine Kachemak sites. His recent archaeological work has been on Riverine Kachemak sites on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. He is currently undertaking an analysis of the effect of commercial canneries of Dena’ina culture ca. 1900, and an ethnohistoric analysis of the Battle of Kenai, 1797. Professor Boraas has written over 150 newspaper articles and commentaries on topics related to Alaskan anthropology and natural history.
Fish, Family, Freedom, and Sacred Water
Many rural Alaskan villages have successfully made the transition from prehistory to the present relying on wild salmon as the key species in their diet. The technology has changed but reliance on salmon remains significant. Accompanying the transition are social and spiritual practices, the latter raising salmon harvesting and the water they spawn in to the level of the sacred. Now, potential and real oceanic and terrestrial habitat impacts threaten the survival of Alaska’s wild salmon cultures.
Luncheon Banquet Saturday, March 24, 2018 (12:00-3:00 PM) at Egan Center, Anchorage, Alaska
AlexAnna Salmon (President, Igiugig Tribal Village Council)
AlexAnna Salmon, Apapigainaq, was raised in the Village of Igiugig in southwest Alaska where Lake Iliamna flows into the Kvichak River. She has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and Anthropology and has served the Village Council as President for the past decade. She is currently the Project Director for both a Yup’ik language revitalization grant, and an Alaska Native Education grant. She loves spending time with her six children, especially traveling, picking berries, fish camp, and learning about their Yup’ik heritage.
Igyararmiut Path of Cultural Revitalization
This presentation highlights the various locally-driven, multi-generational, and collaborative efforts to keep Igyararmiut connected to their homeland in southwest Alaska. Activities undertaken by the Tribe include cultural camps, place name and oral narrative documentation, implementation of a language nest, and recently a “Communities Teaching Cultures” project. As a result of these activities, some which are grant funded but others that operate on volunteerism, the Tribe has seen repatriation of ancestors from the Smithsonian, bilingual toddlers, formation of a “yuraq” (traditional dance) group, and greater awareness of working together for cultural perpetuity.