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July 01, 2013

Burke Museum Welcomes New Anthropology Curators

Two new anthropology curators join the Burke Museum team
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle - The Burke Museum is pleased to welcome two new anthropology curators to its team, both of whom work closely with key communities the museum serves. The curators will start work at the museum in September, as well as teach courses in the University of Washington’s Anthropology department.

Dr. Sven Haakanson, is the new curator of Native American anthropology at the Burke Museum.

Dr. Holly Barker, is the new curator of Pacific and Asian ethnology at the Burke Museum.

Dr. Haakanson is an anthropologist with experience in both ethnographic and archaeological museum collections. He is a member of the Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor in rural Kodiak Island, Alaska, and received his PhD in Anthropology from Harvard in 2000. Dr. Haakanson was previously executive director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska, and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. He has been a driving force in the revitalization of indigenous language, culture, and customs in the Kodiak area. Under his leadership, the museum brought innovative exhibitions, educational programming, and field research to the landlocked villages throughout the island.

As an anthropologist, Dr. Haakanson is currently leading a large-scale study of a sacred Alutiiq site to identify and archive petroglyphs and stone carvings from the southern coast of Kodiak Island. He is also a skilled carver and talented photographer. Dr. Haakanson works to locate Alutiiq collections in museums around the world to help preserve and give contemporary meaning to those collections. One of his current projects is cataloging and photographing Aleut materials housed in the Russian Ethnographic Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dr. Barker is a sociocultural anthropologist whose scholarship focuses on the Pacific Islands and nuclear issues. Her first book, Bravo for the Marshallese, describes the cultural, environmental and social disruptions of U.S. nuclear weapons testing on the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls. For the past nine years, Dr. Barker has been teaching courses in the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington, and received a 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award. As the curator for Pacific and Asian ethnology, she will focus on community outreach with Pacific Islander and Asian communities, both in Seattle and in the region.

In the Fall, Dr. Barker will teach portions of her course, Environmental Health and Public Policy: Hanford, at the Burke. She will invite the public to join the class for lectures and discussions about the clean-up challenges of the former plutonium processing facility, and to explore the global distribution of Hanford's plutonium.

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