June 21, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/Sitka Timezone
Sheldon Jackson Museum and Zoom
104 College Drive
Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum

Few may know Sheldon Jackson’s name but even fewer know that his greatest contribution to Alaska is bringing reindeer from traditional Sámi land to Alaska. In this presentation, Sheldon Jackson Museum artist-in-residence, Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Inupiaq), will share about the history of Jackson introducing reindeer to Alaska, the connection between Alaska and the Sami people, and how Alaska Natives adapted to reindeer herding. She will also talk about the rich culture around reindeer herding that sprung up in a relatively short time. Finally, she will discuss how “Alaska was almost the “cattle king” of the United States until the government began to place heavy roadblocks for indigenous people to sell the reindeer meat commercially and how this overhaul of regulations impacted the entire state.”

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Meeting ID: 810 1615 8497
Passcode: Reindeer

Lisa Kamahamak Lynch is an Alaska Native (Inupiaq) beader, painter, and skin sewer. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and spent her summers in Nome with her extended family learning about her culture and traditions. She describes herself as a member of the Nome Eskimo Community from Anchorage. She also spent time in the summer visiting her father’s family in upstate New York and traveling the east coast of America. She studied art history and classical studies in Rome for four years where she learned to appreciate art and the depth of emotion it carries. Currently, Lynch is a pre-med student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.