Pacific Pathfinders: Retracing Kayak Sea Routes from 1871


Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:00pm

Please join Dr. Sven Haakanson at Chugiak High School Auditorium on a visual journey that retraces the sea kayak routes of the French explorer Alphonse Pinart and the four Unangan men assisting him on his travels from Unalaska to Kodiak Island in 1871. Underscoring this extraordinary adventure is Alaska's connection to the "Pacific World," a vast waterscape where in isolated bays and coastlines, Europeans encountered indigenous Alaskans, whose rich culture extended from their extraordinary knowledge of the sea.

The Polynesian dance troupe, Pacific Bloom, will provide an exciting welcoming performance accompanied by historical and cultural interpretations.

Be sure to join us for the public engagement session prior to the featured presentation for the chance to meet the speaker, view the critically-acclaimed documentary, "Star Navigators," and enjoy an array of refreshments prepared by relator Michele Miller.

This is a free event and family friendly.

Speaker Bio:
Sven Haakanson is a modern-day Pacific pathfinder and major force behind the revitalization of indigenous culture in Alaska and beyond. He is the former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum and received the MacArthur Genius Award in 2007. Currently, Sven is the Curator for North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum and Associate Professor at the University of Washington.

The Knik Lecture Series:
This event is part of the Knik Lecture Series, which aims to present local, state and national narratives through forums of community dialogues. This series takes a closer look at the deep history of the communities along the Knik Arm while exploring current issues impacting this area. The Kink Lecture Series is a collaboration between Tundra Vision, University of Alaska Anchorage UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus, and Anchorage School District (ASD).

Photo Credit: Dr. Sven Haakanson and his daughter Eilidh on Bird Island while retracing the routes of Pinart in July 2017.



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Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:00pm


Chugiak High School Auditorium
16525 S. Birchwood Loop Road
99567 Chugiak, AK
United States
Phone: 907830-2251