Tents and supplies cover the Nome beach during the golden summer of 1900. Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, NMP-17-32


Annual Meeting Photos: Group Share

Date Posted: March 3, 2020       Categories: Uncategorized

Members are invited to view and contribute to photos from the 46th Annual Meeting in Nome and 47th Annual Meeting in Fairbanks!

Share your favorite moments from the past two conferences here:

Nome (2019): https://photos.app.goo.gl/R7WMvRQt4fuJwRKb6

Fairbanks (2020): https://photos.app.goo.gl/GrUHbVGzaq7tVw8r5

AkAA Anti-Harassment Policy Training

Date Posted: March 2, 2020       Categories: Uncategorized

Please click here for a copy of the presentation from the 47th annual meeting on our anti-harassment policy and how to prevent and respond to harassment. Thanks to STAR for facilitating!

Help save the UAA Master of Arts degree in Anthropology!

Date Posted: March 2, 2020       Categories: Uncategorized

Many of the AkAA members already know, but for those who don’t, the MA program in Anthropology at UAA is in jeopardy. The Dean has made a recommendation to delete the MA program in Anthropology at UAA. The BA/BS degrees are recommended for continuation. Alumni and friends of the department have stepped time and again over the last five years to support our program by writing letters and testifying before the Board of Regents and we appreciate your efforts. This time the situation is more dire and the UA budget will be cut by 70 million dollars of State support over the next three years. The loss of the MA program may be a consequence of this. The department submitted on February 28 our response to this decision – they are united in wanting to fight this decision and save the MA program for continuance in the future, once the budget crisis is over. UAA is asking that rather than deleting the MA program, the university suspend it so it can be re-established when conditions are more favorable.

The process will go through several steps. The Provost will review the recommendations from the Dean of our college and submit his findings to Chancellor Sandeen on March 9. There is a period from March 9 to March 18 for feedback, then the Chancellor makes her decision on March 23. This process will be finalized through a meeting of the Board of Regents on June 4/5.

So what can you do to help? UAA department of anthropology faculty are asking that you send letters of support by March 9 to Chancellor Sandeen (with a copy to the anthropology department) describing how their applied program is unique to Alaska, and our place and importance within the anthropological community. Chancellor Sandeen’s address is: University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. You can also email her at uaa_chancellor@alaska.edu (Please cc Clare Dannenberg, the anthropology department chair, cjdannenberg@alaska.edu).

Call for 2021 conference host site!

Date Posted: February 12, 2020       Categories: Uncategorized
The board is currently seeking proposals from organizations or agencies to organize and host the 2021 Alaska Anthropological Association annual meeting. This is an exciting opportunity to draw attention to your organization’s work and highlight your community while providing hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for student or volunteer involvement!
If you wish for your organization to be considered to host the 2021 conference (usually in mid- to late-February), please send a letter of interest to the board at alaskaanthrosecretary@gmail.com before 5pm on Friday, Feb 28, 2020.
Thank you!

Passing of artist Ron Senungetuk

Date Posted: January 27, 2020       Categories: Uncategorized

Artist Ronald Senungetuk of Homer died on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 after a long illness. Ron Senungetuk was Inupiat, a sculptor, silversmith and wood carver of massive cultural influence as an artist, educator and mentor. Click here for more…


Passing of Alan Boraas

Date Posted: November 5, 2019       Categories: Uncategorized

November 4, 2019

Alan Boraas died early this morning from a stroke at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He passed peacefully with family by his side. We will remember his rich life and tireless work to make our world a better place.


Renew your AkAA memberships now!

Date Posted: October 30, 2019       Categories: Uncategorized

As you may know, our fiscal year begins on October 1, so many of you may need to renew your memberships now!

International Archaeology Day

Date Posted: October 9, 2019       Categories: Uncategorized
International Archaeology Day
Campbell Creek Science Center
Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm!

Respected Alaska Native elder Howard Luke dies

Date Posted: September 25, 2019       Categories: Uncategorized

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 7:46pm


Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) – A family member says Alaska Native community elder Howard Luke has died in Fairbanks.

The 95-year-old member of the Interior Alaska Native community died around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the city’s Denali Center.

Mo MacCracken, Luke’s daughter, confirmed his death. The respected Athabascan elder was known for promoting Alaska indigenous culture through his work with young people.

A building at the Effie Kokrine Charter School in Fairbanks was named in his honor. Luke founded a camp for Alaska youth to learn skills including Native art and language and techniques for living off the land.

MacCracken says the Gaalee’ya Spirit Camp on the Tanana River near Fairbanks will remain open for community building, youth empowerment and educational opportunities.


Michael Edward Krauss Obituary

Date Posted: August 22, 2019       Categories: Uncategorized
Michael Edward Krauss, professor emeritus at University of Alaska Fairbanks, internationally renowned scholar of Alaska Native languages, and a champion of endangered languages, died in Needham, Massachusetts, on Aug. 11, at the age of 84.