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Thursday, April 25, 2002
Pratt seeks Alutiiq heritage guides
Photo by Pratt Museum staff
Workers bring in one of many crates of display material to the Pratt Museum Friday evening after a chartered C-130 cargo plane brought the displays from the Altuiiq Museum in Kodiak. The show on the heritage of the Altuiiq people was expected to take about nine days to set up.
The Pratt Museum is looking for enthusiastic and well-spoken individuals to act as docents for the upcoming exhibition, "Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People." A docent is a museum and exhibit interpreter who greets visitors, answers questions and helps share information presented in exhibits.
The exhibit is a cooperative project put together by the Alutiiq Museum of Kodiak and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Arctic Studies. It tells the story of the Alutiiq people, featuring rare artifacts, historic photographs and the words of elders.
In preparation, docents will participate in three half-day workshops, learning about the exhibit, touring the museum, participating in discussions about Alutiiq history and practicing giving tours under staff direction. Training will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and must be able to commit to working as a docent twice per month during the exhibit's three-month showing. For more information, call 235-8635.