State Of Alaska DNR DPOR
Office of History and Archaeology
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1310
Anchorage, AK 99501-3565
(907) 269-8901 (fax)
Investigating a Tsimshian Northwest Coast Plank House teaches students about the rich history and significance of a Tsimshian Plank House through oral histories, historic photographs, and archaeological research.
It includes details about the environment on Alaska’s northwest coast and the shelter used by the Tsimshian and Tlingit communities. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of a Tsimshian Plank House are provided for students.
Mr. Wayne Ryan, a Tsimshian Elder guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how the interpretations of archaeological sites can be meaningful for descendant communities and visitors.
ALASKA PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGY
The Office of History and Archaeology is the principal sponsor of the Alaska Project Archaeology program. It is part of a nationwide program that prepares educators to teach archaeology to students, primarily grades 3 through 7, using a series of student activities and curriculum enrichment materials.
The goals of Project Archaeology include building pride in America’s heritage, promoting a greater understanding of the past, and increasing protection for archaeological sites and respect for artifacts. The Bureau of Land Management has written, tested, and published three publications for the program, Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades, Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, a module that examines the cultural use and archaeological remains of shelters throughout the United States (i.e Northwest Coast Plank House and the North Slope Ivrulik), and a student handbook, Discovering Archaeology in Alaska.
Investigating a North Slope Ivrulik incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research paired with oral histories to teach students about the use and importance of the Ivrulik in the past and present lives of Iñupiaq people.
Discover the past through evidence from an archaeological site in Alaska! In this investigation students will use Alaska geography, history, and archaeology to learn about a North Slope Ivrulik (a sod house) and the Iñupiaq people who lived in them.
Examine an archaeological site near Barrow, Alaska. Your students will read an oral history from an Iñupiaq elder, analyze historic photographs, “uncover” a real archaeological site, and make a toggle harpoon!
Explore the use of traditional Iñupiaq architecture, and the benefits of using indigenous technology to solve problems today.
Includes texts by and about Alaska Natives
Supports Common Core State Standards
Incorporates authentic data for students to analyze
Culturally Responsive Curriculum
“I feel Project Archaeology curriculum is very rich and provides opportunities for real teaching. One of the things I like about Project Archaeology is the material is interesting and engaging. I am excited when I am teaching the lessons and the students are too.” – 5th Grade Teacher, Craig, AK
Investigating a North Slope Ivrulik guide:
Instructions for the Teacher
The teacher’s document is 29 pages, consisting of background information, and four sections corresponding to the student notebook. It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Ivrulik site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps and artifact cards from the archaeological site are provided for the students to study and use.
Student Archaeology Notebook
The student notebook is 39 pages of data collection sheets about a North Slope Ivrulik. It contains all of the data sources and analytical tools the students will need to investigate an ivrulik from historical, archaeological, and cultural perspectives. Mr. George Leavitt, an Iñupiat elder, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students analyze historic photographs, discover artifacts left behind, make a toggle harpoon, and infer how the geography of the North Slope of Alaska shaped the ivrulik.
The Office of History and Archaeology will be coordinating future Project Archaeology workshops for teachers and archaeologists. If you are interested in a workshop, please contact Tom Gillispie with the Office of History and Archaeology at (907) 269-8723.