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This week's state museum lecture: Cosmology of the Tlingit Longhouse

Posted: March 7, 2013 - 1:03am

This week’s Andrew P. Kashevarof lecture at the Alaska State Museum will be ”Cosmology of the Tlingit Longhouse,” presented by Sorrel Goodwin of the State Library Historical Collections. The talk begins at noon on Thursday, March 7 at the museum. Admission to the lecture is free; visitors are welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the presentation.

In her talk, Goodwin will examine the structure, meaning, and metaphysics of the Tlingit Longhouse as a self-contained “Universe” that is more than shelter and more than simple structure.

The Andrew P. Kashevarof weekly lecture series features new research on a variety of topics drawn from the collections of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums, presented by staff from each of these institutions and visiting researchers. The series is held annually in honor of A.P. Kashevarof, the first librarian and curator of the Alaska Historical Library and Museum, 1919-1940.

For the final lecture in the series, on March 14, State Archaeologist Dave McMahan from the Office of History and Archaeology will present “Exploring the Archaeology of Alaska’s Colonial Russian Settlements.”

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