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Sneak Peak at Anchorage Museum


In the first arrangement of its kind, the Smithsonian Institution is
loaning hundreds of indigenous Alaska artifacts to their place of origin
and allowing access for hands-on study by Alaska Native elders, artists
and scholars. These cultural and historical treasures will be exhibited
in the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, opening in May 2010 at the
Anchorage Museum. The center will house more than 600 objects from the
Smithsonian's collections that were selected and interpreted with help
from Alaska Native advisers. Examples include an 1893 Tlingit war helmet
from the southeast Alaska village of Taku and a 1935 Inupiaq feast bowl
from Wales, near Nome on Alaska's northwest coast. The center also
features research space for scholars and the public.
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