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Anchorage Museum opens major show focused on Dena'ina Athabascan culture

Posted: September 19, 2013 - 12:03am
Annette Bellamy's work is currently on view at the Anchorage Museum.  Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum
Courtesy of the Anchorage Museum
Annette Bellamy's work is currently on view at the Anchorage Museum.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the Anchorage Museum opened “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living,” the first major exhibition ever presented about the Dena’ina Athabascan people.

The exhibit includes film, life-size re-creations, images, hands-on learning stations, audio and more than 160 artifacts on loan from museums across Europe and North America. Rare objects include a caribou antler war club, waterproof bear gut parka, and dall sheep horn bowl collected by Captain Cook’s 1778 expedition.

The exhibition also includes about a dozen hands-on activities for families such as a re-creation of a winter house with audio recordings of traditional tales. Dena’ina language and oral traditions are important components of the exhibition, and visitors can hear Dena’ina spoken and try a few words in an interactive display.

The Anchorage Museum worked with Dena’ina advisors for seven years to develop “Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi.” It will be on view through Jan. 12.

For more information, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/galleries/Denaina.

Earlier this month, Halibut Cove artist and commercial fisher Annette Bellamy opened a solo show at the Anchorage Museum, “Floating,” inspired by her 38 years as a commercial salmon and halibut fisher

The exhibit, on view through Nov. 10 in Anchorage, includes large-scale clay installations suspended from the ceiling and pieces created out of fish skin.

In 2006, Bellamy won a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. This is her first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series.

For more information, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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