About Us

Welcome to the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies

Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley and Ray Barnhardt
Drs. Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley and Ray Barnhardt developed the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN), and their philosophy and legacy continue on. Through their guidance, CXCS has already established cultural and academic rigor through decades of continuing partnerships.

Vision Statement: Transforming academia through Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews. As defined, changing in form and structure the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship through Indigenous ways of knowing, pedagogies, cultures, and epistemologies.

The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies offers two graduate programs: an MA in Indigenous Studies and a PhD in Indigenous Studies. We serve as a forum for the examination of cross-cultural and Indigenous education and community development issues across the state and around the world. We work hard to increase the recognition of Indigenous scholarship across a range of academic disciplines to best serve our students.

Our mission is to improve educational and professional development opportunities for rural Alaskans. Our goal is to provide technical support and information to school districts, Native corporations, tribal governments, community organizations, and state and federal agencies serving Indigenous communities. We serve Alaskan, national, and international students.

Our programs are taught in-person and via distance, so you can earn your graduate degree from almost anywhere. We have a great team to assist current and prospective graduate students with navigating the university system.

If you are interested in furthering your graduate studies and developing your research to improve the quality of life in your community and internationally, please contact our office. Our faculty and staff are here to help and assist you with any questions you may have about our programs and your academic goals.


Alaska Native Knowledge Network

The Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) is designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It is established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in accessing the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia.

Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley Indigenous Scholar Award

In recognition of Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley's contribution to articulating the significance of Indigenous knowledge systems and ways of aknowleding the world views in the contemporary world, the UAF Alaska Native Knowledge Network hereby establishes the AOK Indigenous Scholar Award in his honor.

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