Best of Both Worlds: Collaborations Between Indigenous Groups and Museums<br />Caring for Artifacts of Uncertain <br />Own...
The “Donation”<br />“Please take good care of these.  I picked them up when I was a kid and saved them for my family, but ...
Pastime<br />Mary Shepherd with octopus, Afognak Is., 1978<br />Mary Shepherd and family collecting artifacts on the beach...
The Kodiak Archipelago in the central Gulf of Alaska<br />
Whose Property?<br /><ul><li>Archaeological  resources belong to the surface estate landowner
Federal and State law
Old loan, undocumented property, and abandoned property laws</li></ul>Mark Withrow, Chirikof Is., land managed by U.S. Fis...
Whose Property?<br />One page of landownership map<br />
Preserving Alutiiq heritage wherever it is found -  in museums, in people, in the ground.<br />Site Stewardship, Uganik<br...
The Agreement<br />Landowner<br /><ul><li>Recognizes museum as an appropriate entity to care for unprovenienced artifacts
Understands museum may unknowingly accept materials inappropriately acquired from their land</li></li></ul><li>The Agreeme...
 to teaching collection only
Share unprovenienced artifacts through programs
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Best of Both Worlds

  1. 1. Best of Both Worlds: Collaborations Between Indigenous Groups and Museums<br />Caring for Artifacts of Uncertain <br />Ownership by Marnie Leist<br />Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, Alaska<br />
  2. 2. The “Donation”<br />“Please take good care of these. I picked them up when I was a kid and saved them for my family, but they should be in the museum. I want them to be around for future generations.”<br />Clyda Christiansen, Larsen Bay<br />Selection of Clyda’s artifact collection<br />
  3. 3. Pastime<br />Mary Shepherd with octopus, Afognak Is., 1978<br />Mary Shepherd and family collecting artifacts on the beach, 1965 <br />
  4. 4. The Kodiak Archipelago in the central Gulf of Alaska<br />
  5. 5. Whose Property?<br /><ul><li>Archaeological resources belong to the surface estate landowner
  6. 6. Federal and State law
  7. 7. Old loan, undocumented property, and abandoned property laws</li></ul>Mark Withrow, Chirikof Is., land managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service<br />
  8. 8. Whose Property?<br />One page of landownership map<br />
  9. 9. Preserving Alutiiq heritage wherever it is found - in museums, in people, in the ground.<br />Site Stewardship, Uganik<br />Community Archaeology<br />
  10. 10. The Agreement<br />Landowner<br /><ul><li>Recognizes museum as an appropriate entity to care for unprovenienced artifacts
  11. 11. Understands museum may unknowingly accept materials inappropriately acquired from their land</li></li></ul><li>The Agreement<br />Ivory hunting hat figurine <br />and bear effigy<br />Museums agrees to<br /><ul><li> Add unprovenienced artifact s
  12. 12. to teaching collection only
  13. 13. Share unprovenienced artifacts through programs
  14. 14. Return (or obtain agreement) any artifacts to their rightful owner
  15. 15. Continue efforts to promote archaeological site preservation and discourage amateur collecting</li></li></ul><li>The Agreement<br />Federal agencies <br />U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs<br />U.S. Bureau of Land Management<br />U.S. Coast Guard<br />U.S. Forest Service<br />U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service<br />State agencies <br />Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources, Office of History & Archaeology<br />Municipalities <br />Cities of Kodiak and Larsen Bay<br />Kodiak Island Borough<br />Kodiak Alutiiq Corporations<br />Koniag, Inc.<br />Afognak Native Corporation<br />Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc.<br />Leisnoi, Inc.<br />Natives of Kodiak, Inc.<br />Old Harbor Native Corporation<br />Ouzinkie Native Corporation<br />Ouzinkie, 1940s<br />
  16. 16. Uniting Alutiiq beliefs and museum practices<br />Starring in Three Saints Bay Orthodox Church, Old Harbor<br />Larry Matfay lighting oil lamp at exhibit opening<br />
  17. 17. Uniting Alutiiq beliefs and museum practices<br /><ul><li>Professional care to preserve for future generations
  18. 18. Public access
  19. 19. Educational resource</li></li></ul><li>FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:<br />Marnie Leist, Registrar<br />Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository<br />marnie@alutiiqmuseum.org<br />(907) 486-7004<br />215 Mission Rd. Suite 101<br />Kodiak, AK 99615<br />Prehistoric objects from the unprovenienced artifact collection. From left: a traveling stone oil lamp, a slate lance with maker’s marks, and a barbed harpoon of sea mammal bone.<br />

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