Keynote Speakers

2019 Keynote Speaker, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

Museums Alaska Keynote Speaker: Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

Keynote Address: Discomfort and Renewal: Decolonizing the Abbe Museum

Decolonizing practice in museum settings addresses systemic racism while dismantling colonizing and often harmful structures that museums perpetuate. Catlin-Legutko’s talk will offer a case study of the Abbe Museum’s commitment to a decolonization initiative and its evolution over six years. The Abbe Museum, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is the first non-tribal museum to commit to decolonizing organization-wide, from governance to exhibits and everything in between. Using this case study as a lens, Catlin-Legutko will also share thinking around the museum decolonization movement that is taking root globally in museums of all types. 

About the Speaker

Working in museums for more than twenty years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko believes they have the power to change lives, inspire movements, and challenge authority.

A museum director since 2001, she is a frequent presenter at national museum meetings and is often asked to comment on national museum issues. As the President/CEO of the Abbe Museum, she has been the driving force behind the Museum’s decolonization initiative, working with the Native communities in Maine to develop policies and protocols to ensure collaboration and cooperation with Wabanaki people.

In 2016 Cinnamon gave her first TEDx talk, We Must Decolonize Our Museums. She’s the author of numerous articles and books, including Museum Administration 2.0 (2016). Cinnamon lives on an island in Maine with her husband, son, and a dog name E. Buzz.

2019 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Alaska Historical Society Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Keynote Address: Reading Between the Lines of Alphonse Pinart’s Travel Journals from 1871-72

Reading between the lines of Alphonse Pinart’s travel journals from 1871-72 allows us to relearn traditional seascape routes from the Aleutians to Kodiak. In 2017 I retraced part of Pinart’s route and realized the four Unangax^ men who brought him by kayak to Kodiak were following traditional seascape routes that have never been discussed before. How can we use past journals to retrace lost sea-routes for our communities to use once again?

About the Speaker

Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr. works at the Burke Museum in Seattle, and formerly ran Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum. Dr. Haakanson’s work includes uncovering the history of Awa’uq or Refuge Rock, the site of a 1784 massacre of perhaps thousands of Alutiiq people on the south end of Kodiak Island at the hands of Russian fur trader Grigory Shelikov’s armed men. Dr. Haakanson also directed the project that led to publication of Giinaquq, Like a Face: Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago.