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Looking to the Past to Shape the Future: Yup'ik Archaeology, Art and Technology



The title of our project - Looking to the Past to Shape the Future - pays tribute to the work
of the Yup'ik Elders who strive to preserve Yup'ik tradition for the benefit of future generations. It also draws on the work of Elders with the Alaskan ethnographer Ann Fienup-Riordan (1996, p. 29).

Description of the Program:

This project is based in Quinhagak, Alaska and is one of four, Youth::Culture::Heritage Incubator Pilot Projects, funded by the Rasmuson Foundation, though the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Looking to the Past to Shape the Future consists of a series of four different workshops over an eight-week period. These workshops will focus on drawing, photography, video production and 3D digital modelling as art media and will provide opportunities for Quinhagak youth to have a chance to be part of their archaeological and cultural heritage through creativity, arts and technology. Young people will have access to photos, 3D digital and printed models of 500 to 600 year old Yup’ik material culture objects from the Nunalleq excavations run in a partnership between the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Qanirtuuq Corporation in the village of Quinhagak, Alaska.

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