Weather Closure

University of Alaska Anchorage campus will be closed September 24, 2021 beginning at 6:40 AM, due to weather. Students and employees should check their email for more information. The university will remain closed for the weekend and reopen on Monday morning.

The Alaska Airlines Center will be open Saturday, September 25, for the home volleyball match that afternoon.

Dashi's Togbui Shrine

Dashis Togbi Shrine

Acrylic on canvas, 72" X 54"

Dashi is a priestess in Dzodze, Ghana.  Our project director, Jill Flanders Crosby, has known Dashi for many years. In the summer of 2013 the Secrets Under the Skin collaborative team visited Dzodze. We were invited into Dashi's shrine for Togbi. Togbi (also known as Sakpata) is a deity who is syncretized with San Lazaro in Perico, Matanzas province, Cuba. Dashi, who is also known as Kpetsushi, accepted offerings for her shrine, including a full bottle of gin, which she poured directly into the mouth of the deity. As it was consumed by Togbi it entering directly into the earth within the shrine.  After many offerings, prayers and readings, Dashi was able to obtain permission from Togbi to be photographed and painted in her shrine. Without explicit permission I would not have painted her in this sacred space.