Knik Lecture Series returns Feb. 1

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 13:13

The latest installment in the Knik Lecture Series will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Steve Primis Auditorium on the Chugiak High School campus.

The February presentation is titled “Pacific Pathfinders: Retracing Kayak Sea Routes from 1871” with Sven Haakanson, PhD.

“Instead of a barrier, the ‘Pacific World’ became a vast waterscape, which brought French, Spanish, English and Russians to Alaska to map, trade and seek new lands,” reads an event description. “In isolated bays and coastlines, Europeans encountered indigenous Alaskans, whose rich culture was based on their extraordinary knowledge of the sea.”

Haakanson will give a “visual journey that retraces the sea routes of the French explorer Alphonse Pinart and the four Unangan men who assisted his travels from Unalaska to Kodiak Island in 1871.”

The evening will also include a welcoming dance performance by Pacific Bloom.

Haakanson is curator for North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum and Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He’s a past recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and former executive director of the Alutiiq Museum.

Lecture series events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the series, visit Tundra Vision: Public History Consultants on Facebook.

— Staff report

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