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.

August 24, 2020

A mammoth discovery: ice-age archaeology in Alaska

Join us for a virtual research update from the Holzman site in Alaska, where a 14,000-year-old mammoth tusk was discovered and a team of experts from around the world work to better understand the first arrival of people into the Americas. Monday September 28, 2:00-3:00 pm (EST). Please save the date and invite your groups, . . . MORE
June 24, 2020

Environmental Impact Analyst job posting!

Fairbanks, Juneau, or Anchorage – The Department of Transportation’s Statewide Design and Engineering Services division looks to provide technical services to support the Department’s mission to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.  Our Environmental Office achieves this by developing and implementing environmental policies and procedures to ensure that Department projects and activities are carried . . . MORE
June 23, 2020

A Letter to the Alaska Anthropology Community

Dear Colleagues and Friends in the Alaska Anthropology Community, The year 2020 has brought immense changes and challenges to the social interactive work we do in our organizations and communities. Amidst the tensions and uncertainty of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the past few weeks have witnessed a public outcry against ongoing racism in our . . . MORE