Alutiit/Sugpiat - The
A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera
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.
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.
Katherine Arndt is the bibliographer and curator of rare books at the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
"[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