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


New Arctic Studies Center YouTube channel

Date Posted: December 27, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska office of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum has completed a new YouTube channel, presenting videos from its programs, where you can learn from Alaska Native elders, culture bearers and artists about their languages, arts and lifeways. Go to:


Playlist subjects include Dena’ina, Iñupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik languages and cultures; making Aleutian Island bentwood hats; processing and making art with salmon, gut, ivory, porcupine quill and cedar bark.


Call for Conference Presentations – Kohklux Map: 150 Years

Date Posted: December 13, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Kohklux Map: 150 Years
October 25-27, 2019
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse

Co-sponsored by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center (Klukwan, Alaska)

Deadline for Proposals: April 30, 2019

2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux Map. Chilkat leader Kohklux and his wives drew the map in 1869 for American scientist George Davidson, who was in the north to view a solar eclipse. Depicting the details and landscape of an Indigenous trade route between southeast Alaska and southwest Yukon, to date it is not only the oldest surviving map of southern Yukon, but also the oldest preserved map of this region drawn on paper by Indigenous people.

In honour of this anniversary and in acknowledgement of the immeasurable cultural and historical value of this map, this multi-disciplinary conference will explore the Kohklux Map, its legacy, and related topics. It will offer a forum for the exchange of new research, stories, and memories, and in doing so will attract and connect community knowledge-keepers, academics, historians, and others with an interest in the map. Approximately 100 speakers and participants from the north, Canada, the United States, and beyond are expected to attend.


University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities

Date Posted: November 24, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Sent on behalf of Nives Dolšak, Search Committee Chair, University of Washington

Inviting applications for a position of an Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities

We would appreciate your assistance in letting those you know who may be interested that The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) and the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Washington is now accepting applications for the position of  Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities.

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) and the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Washington (UW) invite applications for a nine-month (100% FTE) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Health and Environment in Arctic Indigenous Communities. We seek a scholar who will advance our understanding of the relationships between health and environment in Arctic Indigenous communities. The candidate will be jointly appointed in SMEA in the College of the Environment (2/3 FTE) and in AIS in the College of Arts and Sciences (1/3 FTE). A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent degree is required. Relevant fields of expertise include but are not limited to Population Health, American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Arctic Studies, Environmental Sociology, Political Science, Social Psychology, Anthropology, and Human Geography.

Please see https://ap.washington.edu/ahr/position-details/?job_id=40544 for detailed information. For any questions, please contact Nives Dolšak, Search Committee Chair,nives[at]uw.edu.

Nives Dolšak

Professor and Associate Director

School of Marine and Environmental Affairs University of Washington Seattle

Twitter: @NivesDolsak


Alutiiq Museum Seeks Educational Outreach Coordinator

Date Posted: November 6, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Do you enjoy talking to people? Are you interested in Alutiiq history? The Alutiiq Museum seeks a friendly, organized person to coordinate our educational programs and resources. The Educational Outreach Coordinator will work 30 hours a week, Tuesday through Saturday, as a member of the museum’s professional team.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a resume, and the museum’s employment application to Assistant Director Rose Wilson by Friday, November 30 at 4:00pm. Applications may be dropped at the museum, emailed to rosanne[at]alutiiqmuseum.org, or submitted through ALEXsys, the state of Alaska’s online job service.  Find a full job description and an application at this link:


Molly Odell • Project Manager & Archaeologist

Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository

215 Mission Road, 1st Floor, Kodiak, AK 99615

tel: (844) 425-8844, x14   fax: (866) 335-7767

Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska in Summer 2019

Date Posted: November 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications for our 2019 summer field school in Alaska. Interested students can find more information in the attached program flyers and our latest 2-minute short YouTube. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the course is full—so submit your application early.

This year, research will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where multiple hearths, large mammal bones, stone tools, and a nearly complete mammoth tusk were found dating to the end of the Ice Age. Join our research team in the scenic Tanana Valley as we investigate the question, who were the First Alaskans?

Taught by experienced faculty with a student-instructor ratio among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a range of experiential learning opportunities. Already have a field school experience but looking for something more? We also offer an advanced program for graduate credit.

For more information about Archaeological Field Methods in Alaska email Brian Wygal (bwygal[at]adelphi.edu) for application instructions and follow us on Twitter[at]mammuthunter.


Brian T. Wygal
Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Director of Environmental Studies

Adelphi University

Alumnae Hall, Room 218

Garden City, New York 11530

516.877.4111 / bwygal@adelphi.edu

Faculty Profile / Facebook / Twitter

Academia / Research Gate


See attachment files

Adelphi Alaska Fieldschool Flyer S2019

Adelphi Alaska Advanced Fieldschool Flyer S2019

DEADLINE Nov. 5th : Workshop PACE – Call for posters

Date Posted: November 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized
We are proud to announce the upcoming workshop PACE, which stands for “Prehistoric Adaptations to Cold Environments: multidisciplinary approaches”. This event will take place on January 8 and 9 in Nice, France.
The main goal of this workshop is to bring attention to current research methods and results contributing to a better understanding of long-term, complex human-environment interactions in the Arctic and Subarctic from the Final Pleistocene onwards. Guest speakers from different backgrounds mainly working in east Siberia and Alaska will address several topics such as: paleoenvironment and climate change, taphonomy in periglacial sedimentary contexts, prehistoric mobility and subsistence, techno-economy of different raw materials, current northern peoples’ lifeways, etc.
You will find attached the call for posters as well as the registration form (registration is free of charge but mandatory).
The abstract deadline is November 5th 2018 and please note that acceptance notification will take place 48h after abstract reception.
If there are other researchers who you think would be interested in participating, please feel free to forward this invitation or inform us directly.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to seeing you in Nice,
Auréade and Marine.
Registration form:
Invitation to Participate: Workshop “Pace”

Alaska Anthropological Association Student Internship

Date Posted: October 31, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska Anthropological Association is looking for a student intern. The position will require approximately 5 hours a week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor association email on a weekly basis.
  • Visit association PO Box every two weeks to get the mail.
  • Sort mail and send to the president/treasurer/relevant board member as appropriate every two weeks.
  • Keep a list of journal and book orders in Drop Box.
  • Visit storage unit to collect journals and books from online orders every month.
  • Mail journals and books as per orders using an online USPS account every month.

Conduct up to 30 hours additional work for association (pick up trophies, conference errands, etc.) per annual term.

NOTE: Intern must reside in or near Anchorage in order to regularly access the storage unit and PO Box.


  • $1000 stipend to be given to the intern at the end date of internship based on completion of responsibilities.
  • Up to $1000 in expenses (conference registration/hotel/travel/etc.) to attend the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association at the conclusion of the internship, also conditional upon completing responsibilities.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send the following information to alaskaanthro[at]gmail.com with the subject line “Internship”:

  • full name and city of residence
  • school and program of current enrollment
  • one paragraph about what would make you a good intern for the association
  • unofficial transcript from your institution

The intern must be a CURRENT member of the Alaska Anthropological Association.

Applications are due by November 30, 2018.

International Archaeology Day on October 20 by Bureau of Land Management

Date Posted: October 17, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Place: Campbell Creek Science Center Rd, Anchorage

Time: 10:00 – 14:00



Anchorage talk at UAA on October 23 “The ‘forgotten’ 1916 polio epidemic in New Zealand”

Date Posted: October 9, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Dr. Heather Battles of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will give a presentation on her medical anthropological research on the “forgotten” 1916 polio epidemic in New Zealand. She is visiting Alaska for the first time Oct 21-26, and will be giving this public talk on Oct 23, at 7:30 pm on UAA campus, Rasmuson Hall Room 110.

Parking is free on campus starting at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Battles’ work should be of interest to a wide audience – anthropologists and other social scientists, health scientists, and history buffs alike!