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Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center To Open In Quinhagak Saturday

Aug 10, 2018

Archeologist Rick Knecht (left) of the University of Aberdeen and Qanirtuuq Inc. CEO Warren Jones (right) for the Native Village of Quinhagak, Alaska has worked for the past decade on one of the first archeological & Indigenously community based dig sites in the United States. Here they are at Nunalleq, on July 25, 2018.
Credit Christine Trudeau

Festivities begin tomorrow in the village of Quinhagak for the opening of their long-awaited Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center, which will display the largest collection of Yup'ik artifacts in the world. According to the Quinhagak Archaeology Project Facebook page, festivities will kick off at noon with a potluck, followed by presentations and a song performed by the Quinhagak Dancers.

After almost ten years of community and archeological efforts at the Nunalleq dig site, more than 60,000 pieces have been assembled to display in the Quinhagak cultural center. The day will be marked with celebratory dances and educational workshops led by community members, archeologists, visiting artists, and carvers.