Donating through Pick-Click-Give

Date Posted: April 30, 2023       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska Anthropological Association is an official Pick-Click-Give organization!

Donations pay for student scholarships. These awards help with educational costs, field experiences, or attending the Association’s annual conference.

It’s not too late to give! Following these instructions, you can still donate a portion of your PFD to the Alaska Anthropological Association through August 31st.


Students in the field at Katmai

Students in the field at Katmai


OHA Job Opportunity: Archaeologist 2 – Review/Compliance Unit – Open until 05/08

Date Posted: April 30, 2023       Category: Uncategorized

The Office of History and Archaeology is recruiting for an Archaeologist 2 to work in the Review/Compliance Unit, and report to the unit’s lead, to review development or improvement projects that are federally and/or state licensed, funded, permitted, or on federal and/or state land for potential impacts to prehistoric and historic properties. The individual will also serve as Cultural Resource Liaison with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.   The position will be the point of contact for DOT&PF Cultural Resource Management staff and will review DOT&PF and FHWA projects for potential impacts to historic properties.  The position will also provide technical and planning assistance to DOT&PF staff in early project planning, historic property identification efforts and environmental public meetings.  Recruiting for a Secretary of Interior Qualified Professional Archaeologist with a Masters Degree.

Note: This job recruitment has been extended. The position recruitment closes on 5/8/2023  at 5:00 PM AKDT. This position recruitment is open to all applicants.


Job Posting: Associate/Assistant Professor Position at Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies DOD at JBER.

Date Posted: April 11, 2023       Category: Uncategorized

Associate/Assistant Professor Position at Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies DOD at JBER. Salary $109,982-$195,000 per year.

Seeking Professor with specialty in the following subject area:
Socio Economics/Indigenous Populations: Expert knowledge of and experience working with Alaska Native, Indigenous organizations, private and public external constituencies, government agencies, Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous history, Federal Indian law and policy, Alaska Native Claims
Settlement Act, and comparative studies on the influence of indigenous populations in the Arctic and Circumpolar regions. Field experience with Alaska Native peoples, Elders, and communities will help drive and inform curriculum development that includes:

  • Incorporation of indigenous perspectives and voices.
  • First Nations concepts, perspectives, and initiatives from Canada.
  • Understanding and improving the economic drivers for coastal and isolated Arctic communities.
  • Deepening our understanding of the human dimensions of wildlife biology, fisheries management, and climate sciences.
  • Developing a better understanding of the dichotomy of rural Arctic communities in North America and the developed communities across our Nordic allies and partners.
  • Describing the complexities and requirements for subsistence based lifeway(s), community adaptation and resiliency.


  • Degree (minimum of a Master’s degree with preference of a Doctorate degree) in Anthropology, Sociology, Socio-Economics or equivalent experience.
  • Proven ability teaching and seminar facilitation at the postsecondary level.
  • Proven expert experience developing and delivering course curriculum.
  • General understanding of U.S. National Security.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR):

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

OHA Job Opportunity: Archaeologist 3 – Survey Unit – Open until April 26th

Date Posted: April 11, 2023       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska Office of History and Archaeology is currently recruiting for an Archaeologist 3 position to oversee the Survey Unit. The position manages the state’s archaeology and historic survey unit in the Office of History and Archaeology (OHA), serving as its archaeological expert. The position negotiates, prepares and implements Reimbursable Service Agreements, contracts, and studies for professional archaeological and historical investigations undertaken statewide.  Plans, conducts and serves as Principal Investigator for historical and archaeological surveys and excavations. Minimum qualifications include Master’s degree from an accredited college in archaeology or anthropology with course emphasis in archaeology, including or supplemented by two field seasons experience, of at least two months duration each, in archaeology site location, identification and excavation. One field season must have been as a team supervisor.
AND One year professional archaeology experience equivalent to Archaeologist 2 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.

This position recruitment is open to all applicants. The position recruitment closes on 4/26/2023  at 5:00 PM AKDT

Call for sessions and papers for the upcoming conference

Date Posted: November 11, 2021       Category: Uncategorized
The Alaska Anthropological Association will be holding its 49th Annual Meeting from February 28 – March 4, 2022 as a free virtual conference via Zoom (#AkAA virtual 2022) for Association members or $20 for non-members.
The theme of this year’s conference is The Effects of Climate Change. Alaska is at the forefront of climate change and this change has and will continue to have profound impacts on Alaska communities.
Similar to last year, the virtual conference will increase accessibility and inclusion for all conference participants while continuing to allow us to connect and share research. We welcome ideas for sessions and presentations in a variety of media, including but not limited to, papers, posters, storytelling, film, panel discussions, and multi-media performances.
We are delighted to let our colleagues and members know that submission for sessions and abstracts is open!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Celebrating the life of William Bates Workman

Date Posted: November 11, 2021       Category: Uncategorized
One of the pillars of northern anthropology, William B. Workman, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2021. He was 81.
Bill first came to Alaska as a student in 1962, one of an interdisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin-based researchers that included William Laughlin, Richard Nelson, and Allen McCartney. He went to Kodiak Island, where he worked with Donald Clark. In subsequent years, Bill worked not only on Kodiak, but also in the Alaskan and Canadian interiors and the Kachemak Bay area. After his marriage to Karen in 1967, they collaborated on much of their research.
Always a true gentleman with a characteristic dry humor, Bill served as Professor of Anthropology for nearly 40 years, from 1969 to 1976 at Alaska Methodist University (where he became only the third archaeologist in Alaska) and from 1977 until his 2005 retirement as Emeritus Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. After retirement, Bill continued his research and work with students.
Bill leaves an impressive legacy. His published contributions to northern anthropology; his service as co-founder, president, and board member to the Alaska Anthropological Association; the generations of students he mentored in the classroom and the field; and, most of all, his fair, kind, and collegial way of dealing with everyone. He will be sorely missed.
For those interested in more details about Bill and his contributions, a 2008 volume of the Alaska Journal of Anthropology (Vol. 6, Nos. 1&2) was published in his honor.
Karen Workman, Bill’s wife of 53 years, can be reached upon request. An obituary should be published in the Anchorage Daily News in the coming week. Because of the pandemic, a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

“From Caribou Corrals to Seaplane Hangars: A Cultural Resources Overview of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges”

Date Posted: October 6, 2021       Category: Uncategorized
Please join us online or by phone Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5-6pm (AK), for our Friends monthly meeting with guest speaker, Fish & Wildlife Service Archeologist Jeremy Karchut.
“Join us to discover the rich cultural and historic legacy of Alaska’s Refuges. Jeremy Karchut will provide an overview of the refuges’ vast array of cultural resources representing 14,000 years of human history. Sites range from those associated with the earliest humans to set foot in North America to mid-20th century aircraft hangars. Prehistoric archaeological sites in the Arctic, rock art on the Kodiak coast, historic cabins on the Kenai Peninsula, WWII battlefield sites in the Aleutians, and historic Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) facilities critical to the agency’s Alaska mission are some of the cultural resources to be highlighted in this talk.
The FWS recognizes cultural resources as fragile, irreplaceable assets with potential public and scientific uses, representing an important and integral part of the heritage of our Nation and descendant communities. It is FWS policy to identify, protect, and manage cultural resources located on refuge lands. Jeremy will consider some of the challenges and rewards of managing these nonrenewable resources in an era of rapid environmental change and include highlights of key federal historic preservation legislation.
Jeremy is the FWS Regional Archaeologist in Anchorage. He is interested in high altitude and high latitude archaeology and for more than 20 years he’s been involved with projects focusing on the effects of climate change on archaeological resources and what archaeology can teach us about how humans adapted to environmental change in the past. Jeremy is a native of Colorado, having earned a BA in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College, Durango in 1998, and a MA in Archaeology and Ancient History from University of Leicester, UK in 2003. He has served as a federal archaeologist since 1995, including with the US Forest Service and the National Park Service in the US Southwest, Central and Southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and 12 years in Alaska. “

Museums Alaska

Date Posted: July 15, 2021       Category: Uncategorized
Dear Museum Friends and Colleagues, 
Online registration is now open for the 2021 Museums Alaska Annual Meeting #MA2021. The theme of this year’s conference is Sustainability: Adaptation and Resilience of Alaska Museums. The conference will take place via Whova on September 13-4 & 20-21. Registration is free thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Rasmuson Foundation. NEW! this year, you can also help sponsor the conference and receive cool Museums Alaska gift items only available during #MA2021! To register and join us as a sponsor, please use the Whova link below. 
Register for #MA2021:   
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The schedule and program will soon be available on the Museums Alaska website: 
We hope you will join us for an exciting event of presentations and conversations! 

Introducing the AK Anthropological Association YouTube Channel

Date Posted: June 28, 2021       Category: Uncategorized
Dear members,
It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the Alaska Anthropological Association YouTube channel!
You will find all the sessions from our recent virtual conference, and we hope to keep you entertained with many more videos to come.
Please subscribe and hit the notification button, so you will be informed when new content is available!
To all those involved with organizing the conference and creating this channel, thank you. Please enjoy! 🎥🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

The purpose of the Alaska Anthropological Association is to serve as a vehicle for maintaining communication among people interested in all branches of anthropology; to promote public awareness and support for anthropological activities and goals; to foster knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Alaska Native and circumpolar cultural heritage; to work in collaboration with indigenous communities on all aspects of research and education, and to facilitate the dissemination of anthropological works in both technical and non-technical formats.


#MA2021: Museums Alaska Annual Meeting

Date Posted: April 19, 2021       Category: Uncategorized

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Museums Alaska is excited to announce that it will be holding its 2021 Annual Meeting from September 13-14 & 20-21 as a virtual conference via Zoom (#MA2021). The theme of this year’s conference is Sustainability: Adaptation and Resilience of Alaska Museums. The conference team is hard at work planning an exciting program of hands-on workshops and panel discussions.

Museums Alaska’s annual awards will be announced during #MA2021. Please consider nominating one of your esteemed colleagues for the 2021: Award for Excellence in the Museum Field, Volunteer of the Year Award, President’s Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement, or Museums Champion. Please use this online awards form to submit your nomination by August 1, 2021.

For more information, please visit: