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The Things We Make tackles major issues surrounding Alaska Native art


10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Anchorage Museum

On April 4 the Anchorage Museum hosts a rare gathering of established and emerging Alaska Native artists. This event is in anticipation of UAA’s Alaska Native Studies Conference April 5-6.

The Things We Make: Alaska Native Art in the 21st Century brings together more than 20 prominent Alaska Native artists and scholars to tackle issues such as art activism, indigenous curating, and oral history via modern media. One round-table features established Alaska Native artists discussing the next generation’s artwork.

The symposium is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Anchorage Museum. Registration is $15 at the door.

Alaska Native artists participating include Larry Ahvakana, Alvin Amason, Anna Hoover and Sonya Kelliher-Combs. (See attachment for tentative event schedule and complete list of participants.)

At 7 p.m. Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist Allison Warden offers a free public performance as her alter ego, Aku-Matu, followed by a discussion of her work. Warden’s art performances typically address the clash between traditional values and modern life.

These pre-conference events at the Anchorage Museum are in anticipation of UAA’s Alaska Native Studies Conference April 5-6. The conference brings together experts from across the Circumpolar North and features more than 30 panels, workshops and presentations that focus on culturally responsive education, languages, identity, land claims and the arts. For more about the UAA conference and to register, visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/native or contact Maria Williams at (907) 786-6135.


The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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