Noon lecture at the Alaska State Museum to focus on ivory bows

A noon lecture will be held at the Alaska State Museum on Tuesday, March 13, focusing on a unique form of artistic expression: engraved drill bows.

The lecture, “Quliaqtuaqtuqpuk Tuugaaqmi (Our Stories in Ivory): Reconnecting Arctic Narratives with Engraved Drill Bows,” will be led by Amy Chan of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Arizona State University. Through her study of the imagery of Arctic village life and hunting scenes engraved on the bows, Chan will explore the connections between the images and oral narratives of hunting and whaling exploits, daily village life and myth-time stories. As a collaborative project, knowledge shared by community members is integrated with collections-based research and will be included in a future publication and online exhibit featuring ivory drill bows.

Guests are invited to bring a lunch to the lecture.

Ivory from the Alaska State Museum’s collection will be placed on special exhibit before and after the presentation.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the lecture is free.


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