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Living Our Cultures: Research, Talks and Events at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

In 1994, the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center opened an Alaska office at the Anchorage Museum, and in opened the long-term exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska. The exhibition – created by in-depth collaboration with Alaska Natives throughout the project – presents Indigenous voices, perspectives and knowledge through over 600 masterworks of Alaska Native art and design from the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian collections. Living Our Cultures serves as both a public exhibition and as an active resource for community-based research, talks and educational events, some of which are shown in the videos provided below. A major focus of ongoing work is collaborations with Alaska Native Elders, artists and culture-bearers on heritage documentation and revitalization projects, which are presented in the Community Videos section of this site. For more information, contact Aron Crowell (crowella@si.edu) or Dawn Biddison (biddisond@si.edu).

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"Living Our Cultures" in Alaska

National Museum of Natural History

The Artistry of Tlingit Weaving

National Museum of Natural History

Tsimshian Ceremony and Celebration

National Museum of Natural History

From Kayaks to Masks: Traditions of Sugpiaq Carving

National Museum of Natural History

The Athabascan Snowshoe Makers Residency

National Museum of Natural History

Yup'ik Traditions: Qantaq (Bentwood Bowl)

National Museum of Natural History

Traditional Healing for the 21st Century

National Museum of Natural History

Urban Interventions: Skate Art at the Museum

National Museum of Natural History

Voices of Our Ancestors

National Museum of Natural History

The Yakutat Seal Camps Project 2014

National Museum of Natural History