Smithsonian restores pieces of the Alaska Native story

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Smithsonian restores pieces of the Alaska Native story

Post by edfrank » Sat May 08, 2010 1:21 pm

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Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center restores pieces of the Alaska Native story

By Fran Golden
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, May 9, 2010

A $40 million Alaska Native collection is debuting in Anchorage this month, representing a homecoming for 600 rare objects, most of which have never before been seen in public, much less touched.

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Re: Smithsonian restores pieces of the Alaska Native story

Post by Don » Sat May 08, 2010 1:53 pm

Ed-
Good find! We're members, and eagerly await the opening!
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Alaska Natives' past, present

Post by edfrank » Sun May 16, 2010 6:58 am

New Smithsonian center embraces Alaska Natives' past, present
Maia Nolan | May 11, 2010
Alaska Dispatch

Alaska Natives are not ancient Egyptians.

That's one way of summing up the philosophy behind the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum, which opens to the public on May 22. Nearly a decade in development, the new collection, valued at $40 million, was selected with input from more than 40 Alaska Native elders. The idea, according to Anchorage Museum director James Pepper Henry, is to acknowledge that Native culture isn't a thing of the past, but a thriving, evolving present-day reality.
(continued) http://www.alaskadispatch.com/culture/a ... st-present


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Re: Smithsonian restores pieces of the Alaska Native story

Post by Don » Sun May 16, 2010 11:18 pm

Ed/WNTS/ENTS-
The local paper (Anchorage Daily News) had nearly a full page spread on the unveiling this week...one of the other signs of change, this exhibit has some longevity with current plans on staying for 7 years and with potential for more...also designed to be opened and studied by native Alaskans...definitely a good news story in a time where they are few and far between!
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