The Alutiiq Story
Our permanent exhibits tell the story of the Alutiiq people - from the distant pastto the present day.
Archaeological discoveries, oral histories, Alutiiq language materials, photographs, ethnographic objects, and contemporary artwork fill displays on history, comunities, housing, subsistence practices, social life, and spirituality.
Man and Woman's Ceremonial Caps, by Lalla Williams, 2012, purchased with support from the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund.
Qayat - Kayaks
From driftwood, animal skins, tendon and baleen, Alutiiq people created qayat - kayaks that were expertly designed for Kodiak’s notoriously windy waters. Our newest exhibit explores this technology. Historic and modern objects illustrate the gear essential to every paddler. The heart of the exhibit is an historic qayaq collected in Alaska in 1869. Loaned to us by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology the boat is a rare, complete example of the graceful, light, and flexible Alutiiq qayaq.
Exhibit produced with support from the Peabody Museum or Archaeology and Ethnology, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, Koniag, Inc., Matson, and Marian Owen Photography.
Just for Children
Our youngest visitors are invited to explore with their hands in the Alutiiq Museum's Wamwik - a place to play.
This replica of a traditional house transports children into the Alutiiq world with Alutiiq-themed toys, puzzles, books, and plush animal puppets.
Developed with generous assistance from the
Alaska State Museum Grant in Aid program.