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Department of Anthropology

Arctic Studies Center

As glaciers that once filled Yakutat Bay retreated its waters teemed with seals and fish, and Alaska Native peoples of four different cultures arrived to make a new way of life together. A partnership between the Yakutat community, the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center, and the National Science Foundation is rediscovering this unique history by integrating oral tradition, indigenous knowledge, archaeology, geology, and environmental science.

The Glacier's Eternal Gift

This short film provides an introduction to the Yakutat Seal Camps project, featuring Elaine Abraham, George Ramos, Kai Monture and Aron Crowell. It includes extensive field footage of the Yakutat Bay region – its people, land, animals and glaciers – fieldwork in the community and at archaeology sites, as well as archival photographs.

This short film provides an introduction to the Yakutat Seal Camps project, featuring Elaine Abraham, George Ramos, Kai Monture and Aron Crowell. It includes extensive field footage of the Yakutat Bay region – its people, land, animals and glaciers – fieldwork in the community and at archaeology sites, as well as archival photographs.

The Yakutat Seal Camps Project 2014

This short video provides an overview of the Yakutat Seal Camps project in its fourth year, and how both oral traditions and archaeology inform ways of knowing about the past.

This short video provides an overview of the Yakutat Seal Camps project in its fourth year, and how both oral traditions and archaeology inform ways of knowing about the past.

Smithsonian Spotlight: Yakutat Seal Camps

This public presentation was filmed on October 2, 2014 and features Elaine Abraham, Alaska Native Science Commission; Aron Crowell, Smithsonian Institution; and Judith Ramos, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

This public presentation was filmed on October 2, 2014 and features Elaine Abraham, Alaska Native Science Commission; Aron Crowell, Smithsonian Institution; and Judith Ramos, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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