Gifts from the Ancestors brings together ancient ivories masterfully carved by peoples from the coasts of Chukotka, western Alaska, and the islands in between. Approximately 200 objects will be included from over twenty institutions and private collections, including rare examples from recent Russian excavations at Ekven, Chukotka, which are exhibited for the first time in North America. In conjunction with the exhibition, Alaska natives and scholars will discuss cultural heritage and patrimony and the effects of climate change on subsistence economies in Bering Strait. William F. Fitzhugh, director, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, will provide the keynote at 5 p.m. The panel will be followed by the opening reception at the Princeton University Art Museum. Additionally an exhibition of works by contemporary artists from Alaska entitled DRY ICE: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape will open on Thursday, October 1, at the Arts Council of Princeton. Opening weekend events also will include Family Day: A Celebration of Alaskan Native Culture on Sunday, October 4, from 12–4 p.m. at the Albert Hinds Community Plaza in Princeton, which will feature twenty-five Alaska Native performing and visual artists.
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