This beautifully photographed book catalogs the
collection of nearly five hundred Alutiiq cultural
items held by the Peter the Great Museum of
Anthropology and Ethnography, or the Kunstkamera,
in St. Petersburg, Russia. Gathered between 1780
and 1867, many of the artifacts are composed of fur,
feathers, gut, hair, and other delicate materials, which
prevent their transport for display or study.
To document these artifacts for the public, the
Kunstkamera collaborated with the Alutiiq Museum
in Kodiak, Alaska. Together, anthropologists and
members of the Alutiiq community combined the
collection records with cultural knowledge and
high-resolution digital imagery and worked to name
objects, describe their uses, and detail the materials
used in their construction. As a result, this book will
provide the Alutiit, Alaskans, Russians, and the global
community with lasting access to one of the oldest,
most extensive ethnographic collections from the
central Gulf of Alaska.
[This] gorgeously illustrated 400-page book from University of Alaska Press is stunning in several respects, a contender for the title of the most beautiful volume of Alaska ethnography ever published.
—Anchorage Daily News
Offers readers a microhistory of a nationally recognized ethnographic museum, insights into historic Russian actions in Sugpiaq country, and striking visual documentation of Sugpiaq material culture. Aesthetically speaking, this catalog ranks among the most beautiful Alaska Native art history catalogs ever published.
—Alaska Journal of Anthropology
Yuri E. Berezkin is the head of the American
department of the Kunstkamera Museum.
Lois Fields is a translator and businesswoman in
Anchorage and southcentral Alaska.
is the bibliographer and curator of rare books at
the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.