JUNEAU – The Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum is offering several programs related to Native American Heritage Month.
On Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 pm, join Wayne Price to hear about his experiences with Jibba, a 28-foot northern-style dugout canoe. From his home in Haines, Master Carver, University of Alaska Southeast professor, and captain of the North Tide Canoe Kwan, Price has traveled the waters of southeast Alaska in Jibba, paddling and sailing over 600 miles in total. Through calms as well as stormy seas, he has led by example. ““I want to witness a small page of our history from a time past. I want to stand on a beach and watch the fleet of canoes come around the point, as I listen to songs of joyous music across the water echoing our past. I want to let our ancestors smile down upon us and know we are still here,” says Price.
On Saturday, November 10, there will be a screening of the film Hunting in Wartime, followed by a panel discussion led by Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Commander Ozzie Sheakley. He will be joined by veterans James Lindoff, George Lindoff, and Warren Sheakley. Hunting in Wartime, directed by Samantha Farinella, profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah who saw combat in the Vietnam War, and has won several awards for documentary filmmaking. The film will begin at 2 pm, and the discussion will start shortly after 3 pm.
The Alaska State Museum’s temporary exhibition McNeil, Real Indians (and Curtis) will be up for Native American Heritage Month and will continue through January 12, 2019. The exhibition features the work of Larry Xhe Dhé Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil. Larry McNeil and Edward Curtis have both made their careers out of photographing the Indigenous people of North America. This exhibit examines the ongoing visual dialogue about the question of what the concept of “Real Indians” is all about. Is it the colonial romanticized view from outsiders like Edward Curtis, or Larry McNeil’s classic yet contemporary inside view, or a mix of both? The question of authenticity with photographs of Indigenous people is becoming more relevant all the time, and it is a healthy act to revisit these questions in an evolving set of cultures.
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