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      Profession + Practice: In Context – Dene Languages & Lineages in Anchorage

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      February 20, 2019

      Wednesday  10:00 AM

      625 C Street
      Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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      Profession + Practice: In Context – Dene Languages & Lineages


      10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday Feb 20Reynolds Classroom

      In Context is a series of seasonal classes presenting art, science, history or anthropology experts who illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections.

      10 a.m. The Dene (Athabascan) language family is the largest indigenous language family in North America, with languages spoken in Alaska, Canada and the western Lower 48. Famous for their intricate word formation and expressive prosody, these languages are spoken and learned throughout Dene territory, even under the increasing pressure of language shift. Siri Tuttle, executive director of the Alaska Native Language Center, talks about the state of the Dene language family, and share information about an apprenticeship program.

      11 a.m. Alan Boraas, anthropology professor at Kenai Peninsula College, presents via Webex about the breakdown of matrilineal societies around Cook Inlet as cannery trading posts rise. He also shares Dena’ina language preservation projects underway.
      $20, members received 10 percent discount; registration required.


      Continuing education (CE) courses at the Anchorage Museum connect attendees to museum resources, local experts, artists and designers, creative sector professionals and scholars passionate about different ways of thinking, seeing and experiencing. Those curious about this time and place in the world, seeking a career in the creative economy, hoping to connect and network with professionals and creative thinkers, or seeking innovative coursework, will find opportunities to engage in imaginative and rigorous learning. Areas of study include Urban Harvest, Northern Perspectives, Profession + Practice and Fieldwork.

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