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A collaborative study of the Smithsonian Institution's ethnology collections has inspired the narration of Alaska Native oral traditions, including Yupik Elder Estelle Oozevaseuk's re-telling (in 2001) of the story of Kukulek village and the St. Lawrence Island famine and epidemic of...
Putu, discovered nearly thirty-five years ago, remains one of only a few Alaskan sites with fluted points in an excavated context, possibly associated with radiocarbon dates. The potential importance of Putu cannot be disputed, for it also contains other technologies possibly Pleistocene in age,...
Russia's indigenous peoples have been struggling with economic, environmental, and socio-cultural dislocation since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In northern rural areas, the end of the Soviet Union most often meant the end of agro-industrial state farm operations that employed and...
This paper describes the preliminary results of a place-name project being conducted in the Sikusilarmiut land use area of southwest Baffin Island, Canada. Specifically, I explore how Sikusilarmiut toponymy can help inform broader scientific narratives about changing Arctic environments. I...
Archaeologists have long debated the importance of salmon resources in the development of large, semi-sedentary winter villages and ranked societies among native peoples of the eastern North Pacific. For the most part, this debate has occurred without adequately sampled fish assemblages. Two key...
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