Dec. 30, 2015
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and the Alaska State Library Historical Collections will sponsor a lecture next week on a well-known anthropologist who did field work in Southeast Alaska.
Prof. Marie-Francoise Guedon of the University of Ottawa will speak on working with the late anthropologist Frederica de Laguna in Alaska and share early findings from her ongoing research into matrilineal societies around the world.
de Laguna was an American ethnologist, anthropologist and archaeologist influential for her work on Paleoindian and Alaska Native art and archaeology in the American northwest and Alaska. She repeatedly visited the Tlingit community of Yakutat for the monumental ethnographic work for which she is best known. Under Mount Saint Elias: The History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit, her groundbreaking holistic study of the archaeology, ethnohistory and ethnography of one culture, was published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1972.
The lecture is scheduled from 12-1 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 6 in the Living History Center at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches. The talk also will be videotaped and posted online.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.
CONTACT: Chuck Smythe, History and Culture Director, 907.586.9282