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  • Alice Watterson (Speaker)

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Nunalleq, Stories from the Village of Our Ancestors: Co-designing a multi-vocal educational resource based on an archaeological excavation in Quinhagak, AK

In 2017 the Nunalleq Project initiated the co-design of a digital educational resource for schoolchildren in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region that curates the story of the archaeological excavations in a way which is inclusive of Yup’ik ways of knowing. Co-creating resource content with the community in Quinhagak revealed the diverse ways in which people connect to the past. In particular, the project made space for a younger generation of Yup’ik who are forging contemporary relationships with the archaeology of Nunalleq through traditional dance, art and shared experience. This paper explores co-design as a means of illuminating the different processes of interpretation with the aim of better understanding how the methods we use frame the knowledge we create.

Dr Alice Watterson is an archaeologist and digital artist based at the 3DVisLab, University of Dundee, Scotland. She has been working with the Nunalleq Project in Quinhagak for the past 2.5 years leading development of the educational resource.

Period25 Sept 201928 Sept 2019
Event typeConference
LocationKodiak, United States, AlaskaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational