I’ve been posting snapshots if some of the conservation work ahead for our upcoming new exhibits. The Alaska State Library Archives and Museum (SLAM) project is in the construction phase, with opening of the new building planned for June 2016. There are approximately 22 interpretive areas, around 90 exhibit cases, and roughly 2,500 objects. The interpretive area addressed by this post is called “Alutiiq/Sugpiaq” and you might wonder why the two designations…actually, there could be more…including Chugach, Koniag, Qik’rtarmiut and others. Each of these ethnonyms conveys a complicated context of history and identity, particularly connected to specific places and experiences of contact with various colonial forces, such as the Russians. Which term is correct in which situation is a right of self-determination and personal preference for members of the Native community. The two terms used to title the section are the result of feedback from community co-curators thusfar.
SLAM Project 2015: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Section