2013 Annual Conference
The 40th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, March 13 through 16, 2013. It is being co-hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. A preliminary Conference Schedule and a Schedule at a Glance are available for downloading as PDFs at the bottom of this page.
Community is the wellspring of culture, history, and language - and the source of all anthropology. Going "back to the source" means doing and sharing our work in partnership with indigenous communities. The 40th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association will highlight new collaborations across the North in oral history, archaeology, cultural studies, linguistics, human biology, and museums. The meeting will be hosted in Anchorage by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, with keynote speakers Richard Scott (University of Nevada, Reno) and Edna Ahgeak MacLean (University of Alaska, Fairbanks and President Emeritus, Ilisagvik College).
Important Note: In recognition of the milestone 40th Anniversary of the Alaska Anthropological Association, the 2013 Annual Meeting will include a special (second!) reception to be held at the Anchorage Museum on Thursday evening, March 14th. Although some details remain to be finalized, this event will include all of the following: access to the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibits; free shuttle service between the Museum and the Hotel Captain Cook; a space in which special ‘40th Anniversary' presentations and sharing can take place; a modest spread of food and a cash bar. We also hope to arrange for an Alaska Native dance group to perform at this event.
The organizers realize that scheduling a second reception is a distinct break from tradition; but it seems appropriate given the circumstance and we encourage everyone to attend. We also encourage everyone to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting’s opening reception (to include food and a cash bar), which will take place on Wednesday evening, March 13th, at the Hotel Captain Cook.
Please note that reservations for the Banquet and the Luncheon closed March 1.
Dinner Banquet: Friday, March 15th
Keynote Speaker: G. Richard Scott (University of Nevada Reno)
"The Far Side of 40 Years: Reflections on an Academic Life in Alaska and Beyond"
Abstract: On August 11, 1973, I pulled into Fairbanks with some trepidation as to how I would adapt to the far north after nine years in Arizona. From that point to my 'retirement' in 1997, I worked with dozens of students and colleagues, not appreciating that we were building the discipline of Anthropology in the state of Alaska and launching numerous successful careers. As the only physical anthropologist, I encountered every undergraduate major and graduate student who completed degrees at UAF. Beyond teaching, I published papers on teeth and provided services to law enforcement agencies and native communities. In the midst of this academic sojourn, humor played a significant role. Unlike many keynote addresses, this one is a personal narrative on the Far Side of my days in Alaska.
Luncheon: Saturday, March 16th
Keynote Speaker: Edna Ahgeak MacLean (University of Alaska, Fairbanks and President Emeritus, Ilisagvik College)
THE CRITICAL NEXT STEP FOR ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGES
Despite the establishment of Alaska Native Language programs in Alaska's schools, use of indigenous languages is declining. The former policy of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to eradicate the use of Alaska Native languages in schools and in the homes will have succeeded unless the assistance of community members is firmly established. Adults who were abused as school children for speaking their native languages must now be recruited to champion language revival programs in their communities. The time is right for realignment of resources and the creation of opportunities to nurture our indigenous languages.
All presenters must register for the Conference. Online registration is now open. Click on "Register Online" in the sidebar to the left. More information about registration is available by clicking on "Registration Details" in the sidebar to the left.
Please contact Ken Pratt (907-271-3695) or Aron Crowell (907-929-9207) if you are interested in funding a coffee break, advertising in the conference program, etc.
The Hotel Captain Cook is offering a conference rate of $105 single/double + tax. This rate is offered until February 13, and after that only on a space-available basis. Please call 800.843.1950 or 907.276.6000 and be sure to mention that you are booking for the Alaska Anthropological Association conference and request the conference room rate. Click here for the direct link for booking online.
1:30 - 5 PM Whitby Room, Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage
The AHRS Advisory Board is a meeting of users, creators, and managers of data stored in the DNR Office of History and Archaeology's Alaska Heritage Resources (AHRS) database. The intent of this annual invited session is to provide ongoing discourse between the various interest groups and to help guide the management of this important shared data set. The meeting provides a venue for bringing forward management concerns, discussing long-term initiatives and database development, and to generally insure that management protocols continue to meet the needs of data users and creators in the face of constantly changing technology. Topics featured in the 2013 meeting will include online user access and enhanced support of GIS applications. There is no fee for this event.
Organizers: Please contact Bill Hedman at (907) 474-2375 (email@example.com) or Nicole Lantz at (907) 269-8718 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ALASKA CONSORTIUM OF ZOOARCHAEOLOGISTS WORKSHOP
ENRI Building, 2nd floor - follow signage for the room
707 A St., Anchorage
8:30 AM - Registration
9 AM – 12 PM Session 1
1:30 – 3 PM Session 2
Archaeological Data Management and Research using tDAR and Neotoma and Discussion of Faunal Collection and Curation
Workshop Session 1: Leigh Anne Ellison (Center for Digital Antiquity) will lead a discussion of digital archaeological data – what they are, how they are generated, digital preservation and curation, and federal laws and regulations as they pertain to the management of digital archaeological records. She will discuss how these concerns are addressed by the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) and provide instruction on use of this system, including data integration to foster synthetic analysis. Michael Etnier (Department of Anthropology, University of Washington), will provide a follow up to his 2011 ACZ workshop on the Neotoma Paleoecology Internet Database and Community for Tracking Archaeofauna Assemblages from Alaska. Researchers have compiled faunal data for 250 dated components from 160 archaeological sites in Southwest Alaska and the northern Gulf of Alaska. Before these data go “live” on the Neotoma database Michael would like workshop participants to run test queries on the data.
Workshop Session 2 will provide examples and an open forum for discussion of best practices in faunal collection, research design, and curation. Alaskan museum curators and zooarchaeologists are encouraged to participate.
Cost: $40 for professionals and $15 for students until March 8 (includes both sessions); $45 for professionals and $20 for students after March 8. The workshop fee is payable to the Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists (ACZ) and is not included in your registration for the Alaska Anthropological Association conference.
To register for the workshop, please sign up through the ACZ website at http://www.akzooarch.org/registration.html.
Please contact Monty Rogers (email@example.com, 907-748-1889) or Diane Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-786-6842) if you have questions.
Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Dating
Center for Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia
Equinox Publishing Ltd, Publisher of Glacial Archaeology
Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC
Territory Heritage Resource Consulting
True North Sustainable Development Solutions, LLC