Dr. Black Book signing.

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Material Traditions Artists’ Residency: Moosehide Tanning and Sewing in the Dene Way

Date Posted: December 4, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

Older generations of Athabascan peoples hand-tanned moose hides using time-tested methods that transformed raw skins into strong, supple leather for sewing beaded or quill-embroidered tunics, jackets, mittens, bags and moccasins, as well as everyday essentials from skin toboggans to dog harnesses. Traditional moosehide tanning is time consuming, labor intensive and technically complex, and has widely declined in recent generations.

Two artists working to revitalize this important Athabascan practice – Joel Isaak (Dena’ina) and Melissa Shaginoff (Ahtna) – are gaining knowledge from elders, experimenting with techniques, reading historic publications and studying museum collections.

Joel and Melissa will discuss moosehide tanning techniques – documented in the field – and demonstrate sewing techniques during a December residency at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, located in the Anchorage Museum. The public is welcome to meet the artists during visitor hours on Thursday December 14th and Friday December 15th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (included with admission).

This program is sponsored by The CIRI Foundation, Smithsonian Council for Arctic Studies, Anchorage Museum, Alaska State Council on the Arts and First National Bank of Alaska.

(Photo: Gwich’in Athabascan mitten, collected 1928, National Museum of the American Indian collection)



Archaeologist Position (Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC, Anchorage Office)

Date Posted: November 29, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC (NLURA) has an opening for one Archaeologist in our Anchorage Office.  The qualified candidate must have an M.A./M.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology (or closely related field) and have completed archaeology field school or demonstrated equivalent with archaeology survey and data collection methods, and have at least 2 years field experience in Cultural Resources Management (CRM).  A B.A./B.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology may be considered for candidates demonstrating extensive work experience.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated technical and analytical report writing skills, possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Adobe software, ArcGIS (or similar platform), and the ability to navigate in remote areas utilizing Garmin handheld GPS devices.  Candidate must possess strong knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines governing CRM, including required experience working with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Special consideration will be given to SOI qualified archaeologists, applicants with experience conducting artifact analysis, and those with Alaskan archaeology experience.

This position requires the ability to complete physically demanding tasks in remote areas and diverse terrain and the successful candidate must be able to walk, hike, dig, stoop, crouch, reach, climb, and carry loads of up to 50 pounds without accommodation.  This position requires travel and may require frequent travel to remote regions for extended periods of time.

NLURA Archaeologists duties include office-based tasks and field-based tasks.  Office-based tasks include, but are not limited to:  assisting in permit applications, completing background research, and contributing to project deliverables.  Field-based tasks include, but are not limited to participating in field survey as a crew lead, assistant crew lead, or technician and implementing and maintaining health and safety standards.  Archaeologists may be delegated to additional coordination and supervision responsibilities, particularly for projects with multiple field crews, complex logistics, and demanding scheduling and staffing requirements.  Archaeologists may also be involved with the preparation of samples and artifacts for analyses and curation, and are expected to contribute to the development and completion of project deliverables (reports and graphics) as needed.

Position is open until January 8, 2018.  Competitive salary negotiable based on experience. Full benefits package includes bonus opportunities, vacation, sick leave, holidays, medical insurance, 401K, etc.  Position is a salaried exempt position. Schedule may fluctuate based on seasonality of work and status of contracts. NLURA is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information regarding this position, and to apply online, please visit our website:  https://www.northernlanduse.com/about/employment/



Project Archaeologist (Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC, Anchorage Office)

Date Posted: November 13, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC (NLURA) has an opening for one Project Archaeologist in our Anchorage Office.  The qualified candidate must have an M.A./M.S. in Anthropology or Archaeology (or closely related field) and have completed archaeology field school or demonstrated equivalent with archaeology survey and data collection methods, have at least 3 years field experience in Cultural Resources Management (CRM), and 2 years minimum increasing supervisory and project management experience.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated technical and analytical report writing skills, possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Adobe software, ArcGIS (or similar platform), and the ability to navigate in remote areas utilizing Garmin handheld GPS devices.  Candidate must possess strong knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines governing CRM, including required experience working with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Special consideration will be given to applicants with considerable experience in Alaskan prehistory, those who possess a demonstrated ability to conduct prehistory artifact analysis, and those who possess NEPA, FERC, DOD, FHWA, and/or USACE project experience.

This position requires the ability to complete physically demanding tasks in remote areas and diverse terrain and the successful candidate must be able to walk, hike, dig, stoop, crouch, reach, climb, and carry loads of up to 50 pounds without accommodation.  This position requires travel and may require frequent travel to remote regions for extended periods of time.

NLURA Project Archaeologists focus on project execution tasks through direct involvement with background research, developing research and field method designs, completing field investigations, technical analyses, and report writing.  This position involves providing logistical support, staff planning/scheduling, completing data collection, analyses, and technical reporting.  Project Archaeologists are expected to travel and fulfill field roles.  The position may involve direct supervision of Archaeologists and Technicians.

Only qualified candidates with an advanced degree will be interviewed.  Position is open until December 4, 2017, and interviews will be conducted as qualified applicants are identified.  Competitive salary negotiable based on experience.  Full benefits package includes bonus opportunities, vacation, sick leave, holidays, medical insurance, 401K, etc.  Position is a salaried, exempt position. Schedule may fluctuate based on the seasonality of work and status of contracts.   NLURA is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information regarding this position, and to apply online, please visit our website:  https://www.northernlanduse.com/about/employment/

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Master/Apprentice Training Workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on November 18 & 19, 2017

Date Posted: November 5, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized



Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Heritage, Faculty of Arts

Date Posted: November 2, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

http://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/8102847-canada-research-chair-tier-ii-in-indigenous-heritage-faculty-of-arts

Deadline: January 15, 2018



Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology: The Circumpolar North

Date Posted: November 2, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/departments/africa,_oceania,_americas/fellowship.aspx

The British Museum and the Royal Anthropology Institute are extending the deadline to 4 December 2017



Full time Position: Social Scientist (Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission)

Date Posted: October 25, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

PFMP-Social-Scientist-Position-Description



45th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association in 2018 [update]

Date Posted: October 16, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized
The call for organized sessions at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association in 2018 is officially open. Please use the Call for Sessions form. The deadline to submit a session is December 15, 2017.
Registration and presentation/poster abstracts submissions will open by November 15, 2017.


2018 Membership Period Opens October 1

Date Posted: August 30, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

The 2017 Alaska Anthropological Association fiscal year is wrapping up in September. Please renew your memberships for 2018 after October 1, 2017!



46th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association

Date Posted: July 5, 2017       Categories: Uncategorized

February 27th – March 2nd, 2019

Nome, Alaska

Organized by the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum