Nunalleq, Stories from the Village of Our Ancestors: Co-designing a multivocal educational resource based on an archaeological excavation

Alice Watterson (Lead / Corresponding author), Charlotta Hillerdal

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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 engages with Yup’ik ways of knowing and traditional oral storytelling. Here we present an account of an archaeological outreach project which creatively unites science and history with traditional knowledge and contemporary engagements. Co-creation of the Nunalleq educational resource revealed the diverse ways in which people connect to the past, sometimes expected, sometimes surprising. In particular, the project made space for a younger generation of Yup’ik who are forging new relationships with their heritage inspired by the archaeology from Nunalleq through traditional dance, art and shared experience. Ultimately, this article explores codesign as a means to illuminate the processes of interpretation from varied perspectives and worldviews with the aim of better understanding how the methods we use frame the knowledge we create.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Early online date24 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2020


  • community archaeology
  • co-design
  • digital heritage
  • Yup’ik
  • Alaska Native
  • outreach and impact
  • Co-design
  • Outreach and impact
  • Digital heritage
  • Community archaeology

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    Designing Digital Engagements: Approaches to creative practice and adaptable programming for archaeological visualisation

    Watterson, A., Anderson, J. & Baxter, K., Jul 2020, Proceedings of EVA London 2020. ScienceOpen, p. 66-72 7 p.

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  • Nunalleq: Stories from the Village of Our Ancestors

    Watterson, A., Anderson, J. & Paxton, T., 2019

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