March 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/Sitka Timezone
  • Artist Talk with Allison Akootchook Warden (Inupiaq)
  • Sat., March 12, 2022 from 2-3pm, Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum, online only

Join the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum for Storytelling with Allison Akootchook Warden (Inpuiaq), a Zoom event happening on March 12th at 2-3pm. Learn about the 10-legged polar bear, the giant worm that could catch a bowhead whale, and how the animals of the sea were created. These and other stories of long, long, long ago will be told as part of the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Share Your Culture/Share Your Research Winter Series.

Allison Akootchook Warden is an internationally acclaimed Inupiaq installation artist. She is originally from Fairbanks and has close ties to Kaktovik. She was honored with the prestigious United States Artist Fellow Award in the field of Traditional Arts in 2019, received an Individual Artist Fellowship in the field of New Genre from Rasmuson Foundation in 2018, and was awarded an Art Matters Grant and Rasmuson Fellowship in 2016 and 2015 to support her performance installation of an Inupiaq ceremonial house that exists in the space between the hyper-future and the super-ancient. She is currently working on a collaborative project with Inupiaq photographer Brian Adams, based upon her travels and research in Abu Dhabi.

In 2014, Warden was an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum where she focused her time on creating an Inupiaq whaling suit using plastics and zip ties. The suit was inspired by the oogrook whaling suit in the museum’s permanent collection.

In addition to being an installation artist, Warden goes by and performs hip hop under the pseudonym, Aku Matu. Aku Matu is an abbreviation of two of Warden’s Inupiaq names, Akootchook (her Amau or great grandmother’s name) and Matumeak (her Attata or great Uncle’s name).

  • Zoom link details below:
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  • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89154072069?pwd=cUZsejNRL0V1cFo5aTZPcUxMVDNBQT09
  • Meeting ID: 891 5407 2069
  • Passcode: 007887