Angela has been the collections manager of Ethnology and History since 1999, after spending 3 years in the department working as a Graduate Student and Curatorial Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from George Washington University. Angela is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in UAF's Interdisciplinary program, based in Arctic and Northern Studies, pursuing a project that investigates the past, present, and future of Alaska's museums.
Angela is an advocate for increased professionalism in the museum field and takes an active role in improving her knowledge and skills in museology. She is a member of several museum and anthropological professional committees and currently serves on the Western Museums Association Board of Directors.
Student Employees & Volunteers (Summer 2021)
Shealyn Golden, Volunteer
Michael Hubert, Student Curatorial Assistant
Eduard Zdor, Student Curatorial Fellow
Research Associates & Affiliates (2021-22)
Evguenia (Jenya) Anichtchenko, Ph.D. - Outreach Coordinator, Shared Beringian Heritage Program, NPS; Russian-American historian and anthropologist; maritime history and archaeology; Anchorage, Alaska
Ellen Carrlee, Ph.D. - Conservator, Alaska State Museum; care and preservation of Alaska objects; Yup'ik relationships of qiluliuryaraq (processing intesting); Juneau, Alaska
Ross Coen, M.A. - Alaska historian; Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington Department of History; firstname.lastname@example.org; Seattle, Washington
Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies, Public Scholar of Collections and Community Curation, Adjunct Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Indianapolis, Indiana
Dixie Dayo, M.A. - Dixie Dayo Consulting, Good Grief: Good Medicine for Behavioral Health Therapists; Community Health and Wellness; Fairbanks, Alaska
Allan Hayton, M.A. - Language Revitalization Program Director, Doyon Foundation; Fairbanks, Alaska
Dewey Kk'ołeyo Hoffman, M.Ed. - Education Manager, Tanana Chiefs Conference; Fairbanks, Alaska
Lawrence Kaplan, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Alaska Native Language Center, UAF; Fairbanks, Alaska
Michael Koskey, Ph.D. - Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies Graduate Programs, UAF; Fairbanks, Alaska
Jason Rogers, Ph.D. - Archaeologist, Lake Clark National Park, NPS; archaeological investigation, wooden boats; maritime history; Anchorage, AK
Nadia Sethi, Ph.D. - A Journey to What Matters Program Director, The CIRI Foundation; Alaska Native art and culture; Anchorage / Homer, AK
Amelia (Amy) Ahnaughuq Topkok, M.A. - BLaST Reporting and Outreach Coordinator, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, UAF; Iñupiaq skin-sewing and dance; Fairbanks, Alaska
Sean Asigłuq Topkok, Ph.D. - Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies Graduate Programs, UAF; "Uvaŋa atiġa Asiqłuq. Ataataga Sanguk. Aanaga Aileen-mi. My Iñupiaq name is Asiqłuq. My white-fox name is Sean Topkok. I am Iñupiaq, Sámi, Kven, Irish, and Norwegian.” Dr. Topkok is an Associate Professor for the Indigenous Studies graduate programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies. His family is from Teller, Alaska, and are Qawiaraġmiut (people of the Kawerak). Dr. Topkok’s research interests include multicultural and Indigenous education, decolonization and Indigenist methods and methodologies, working with communities to help them document their cultural heritages, and community well-being. His Tlingit name is Deikeejaakhw; Fairbanks, Alaska
Siri G. Tuttle, Ph.D. - Professor of Linguistics, Director of the Alaska Native Language Center, UAF; Fairbanks, Alaska
Christopher B. Wooley, M.A. - Chumis Cultural Resource Services; Alaska history, cultural resources, Alaska archaeology, oil spill response; Big Lake, Alaska
The Ethnology & History collections have been a key part of the Univeristy of Alaska Museum of the North from its inception in 1926. With Otto Geist's first field collecting efforts on St. Lawrence Island and beyond, the material culture of Alaska's Indigenous peoples and non-Native settlers has been of interest to scholars and locals alike. The curation of the ethnology & history objects was originally overseen by people like Froelich Rainey, J.L. Giddings, Ivar Skarland, and Ludwig Rowinski.
Years of Service: 1966-1994
Dinah Larsen, M.A.
Coordinator / Curator
Dinah (Wolfe) Larsen was the longest-term employee of the ethnology and history department at the UA Museum of the North. She received her M.A. at the Univeristy of California Los Angeles and used that training to develop many innovative programs at UAMN in collaboration with Alaska Native people across the state. She witnessed the increased professionalization of the museum and authored many articles and exhibits.
Molly Lee, Ph.D.
Molly Lee completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, under Nelson Graburn. She has spent much of her academic career investigating the basketry of Alaskan Native groups. Though she could probably make a basket if she really had to, her interest is in reconstructing the history of basket traditions and in how cultural change can be inferred from changes in material objects including baskets rather than in construction techniques. She has conducted over 30 years of research, and published extensively on the baleen baskets of the Iñupiaq people of Northern Alaska, the grass baskets of the Yup'ik people of Southwestern Alaska, as well as the basketry of the Tlingit and Alutiiq people of coastal Alaska. Dr. Lee retired from UAF and UAMN in May 2008.