Davidof Volcano on Davidof Island, Alaska. 2005. USGS. Public Domain via wikimedia commons.

Alaska Native Perspectives
AKNS A201 – Alaska Native Studies Program
University of Alaska Anchorage

Course Catalog Description
Introduction to Alaska Native perspectives on kinship, time, philosophy, symbolism, spirituality, communication, justice, oral traditions, storytelling, material culture, and the relationship to the environment. Students will become familiar with the diversity of Alaska Native peoples, languages, and worldviews and how these influence contemporary and global issues.

Student Outcomes
By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize Alaska Native Perspectives by geography, region and cultural group.
  • Articulate differences between traditional knowledge, Western science and Alaska Native and Indigenous culture.
  • Locate relevant information in journals, books, and in community resources relevant to Alaska Native and Indigenous peoples.
  • Analyze historical processes and impacts to Alaska Native peoples by region and apply these to Indigenous global concerns.

Instructor Information: 
Dr. Medeia Csoba DeHass
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Alaska Native Studies
Department of Anthropology BMH 203
3211 Providence Drive
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, AK 99508
Tel: 907 786 7227