Archaeologist screening sediments at the Tuluaq Hill site in Noatak National Preserve. NPS photo.

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.

January 17, 2019

[NEW] John Cook Travel Scholarship

The Alaska Anthropological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology or a related discipline to apply for the annual John P. Cook Travel Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is designed to assist eligible students attend the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Applications must be received by January 15 each year, starting for the . . . MORE
January 15, 2019

46th AkAA Annual Meeting: NOME

Join us in Nome for the first time in the history of the Alaska Anthropological Association for the 46th Annual Meeting from February 27 – March 2, 2019! This year’s meeting is organized by the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum and features a diversity of sessions, public programs, and outdoor adventures that invite you to discover . . . MORE
December 27, 2018

New Arctic Studies Center YouTube channel

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNpC1tX-kqJaSU7ZSxUWAfA Playlist subjects include Dena’ina, Iñupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik . . . MORE