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.

May 11, 2020

Call for abstracts for special issue in AJA!

Guest co-editors are soliciting abstracts for a special issue of Alaska Journal of Anthropology on “Current Directions in the Anthropology of Health in Alaska.” Please send 150-200 word abstracts for papers, “research notes,” or any inquiries to corresponding editor, Sally Carraher at sfcarraher@alaska.edu. Abstracts are due August 1, with final paper submissions due December 31, . . . MORE
May 05, 2020

2020 Winning Poster: Alaska!

State Archaeology Celebration Poster Contest winners are selected by popular vote of conference participants at each year’s SAA Annual Meeting. The 2020 winners were voted on by conference registrants and SAA members in an online contest. Below are current and previous years’ first, second, and third-place winning posters. Congratulations to all participating states! More here: https://www.saa.org/education-outreach/public-outreach/state-archaeology-celebrations/poster-contest-winners
April 03, 2020

2020 NPS Alaska Archaeology Month Poster: Antler!

This is number two in a series focused on vital raw materials. Last year we focused on clever ways people used wood in the past. This year the poster highlights antler, a valued material in all corners of Alaska and for as long as people have been here because of its great resiliency and plasticity. . . . MORE