Alan Boraas

Alan Boraas
Professor Anthropology

PhD, Oregon State University; MA, University of Toronto; BA, University of Minnesota

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Dr Boraas has conducted archaeological excavations at historic Russian sites, late prehistoric Dena'ina sites, and both Riverine and Marine Kachemak sites. Dr Boraas has team-taught Dena'ina language classes with Peter Kalifornsky and Donita Peter and current teaches reading and writing the Dena'ina language. He has given professional lectures on such diverse topics as Kenai River fishing history, Kenaitze tribal revitalization, and probed the concept of a sense of place from an anthropological perspective. Professor Boraas has written over 150 newspaper articles and commentaries on topics related to Alaskan anthropology and natural history.

Professor Boraas has served as Chair of the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Board of Directors of the Pratt Museum, as NAGPRA advisor to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and is currently on the board of the Alaska Anthropological Association in addition to numerous other professional service positions. He has maintained close ties to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe for almost 30 years, and in 2000 the tribal council voted to grant him honorary tribal membership


 The Denaina LegacyThe Dena'ina Legacy

This book is a collection of 147 bilingual Dena'ina-English writings by the self-taught writer and scholar, Peter Kalifornsky of Kenai, Alaska. For nearly two decades, Kalifornsky, who was born in 1911, has been writing traditional stories, poems, and language lessons in the Dena'ina Athabascan language of Lower Cook Inlet.

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