Alaska Native & American Indian Heritage Month events continue

Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month events continue this week with a lecture at Sealaska Heritage Institute, a film at UAS and an artist demonstration at the Alaska State Museum.


Sealaska Heritage Institute’s featured speaker this week is Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum, who will present “On the Origins and Diversity of Northern Northwest Coast Headgear,” on Tuesday at noon in the fourth floor Boardroom of the Sealaska Building, Sealaska Plaza. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch. Next week’s lecture, on Nov. 20, will be “Basketry and Alaska Native Art Revival,” with Delores Churchill, and on Nov. 27 Aldona Jonaitis will present “Three Hundred Years of Tlingit Art.”

Out at UAS, the Alaska Native Film Series continues with a showing of “The Yup’ik Way” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall. A short discussion will follow. This film presents a portrait of a Yup’ik village in southwestern Alaska trying to hold on to its traditional way of life, while also being a part of the western world. Hooper Bay, or Naparyarmiut, is the largest native Yup’ik village in southwestern Alaska. Of the 1,023 village inhabitants, 62 percent are under 18 years of age. With the majority of the village being so young, traditional ways of life are diminishing by the lure of western culture, technology, and language. Filmmaker Beth Edwards captures elders and youth navigating their way through two worlds.

A joint project of the Alaska Native Languages & Studies department, the Native & Rural Student Center, and Wooch.een and Waqaa student groups, the film series continues every Tuesday through the month of November.

On Nov. 20 the film is “Smoke Signals,” and on Nov. 27 it will be “History of the Iñupiat: Project Chariot.”

And this weekend the Alaska State Museum will kick off its artist demonstration series, running for the next three Saturdays at the museum.

This Saturday, Tlingit master beadworker Beatrice Knudson will demonstrate her art from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Knudson will demonstrate beading based upon a technique taught to her by her grandmother, who also raised her. Originally from Hoonah and a graduate of Sheldon Jackson High School, Knudson is Raven moiety, Coho clan. She lives and works in Juneau.

Next Saturday, Nov. 17, Tsimshian carver and metal smith Abel Ryan will be at the museum between 10:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (with a lunch break). And on Nov. 24, Tlingit carver and bentwood box maker John Hughes will demonstrate his art between 10:30 am-3:45 p.m. (with a lunch break).

Admission is free for all three demonstrations.

For more information on the museum’s artist demonstrations, call 465-2901 Fax 465-2976 or visit


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