September 22, 2009

Alutiiq anthropologist is MacArthur genius

Alutiiq anthropologist honored as a MacArthur 'genius'

Award comes with $500,000 for Haakanson

By Mike DunhamAn Alaska Native anthropologist from the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor has received one of the most prestigious--and lucrative--awards for intellectual achievement in America. Sven Haakanson, 41, is among 24 new MacArthur Fellows announced Monday.

A press release from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Fellows Program called Haakanson "the driving force behind the revitalization of indigenous language, culture and customs in an isolated region of North America." It also mentioned his artistic accomplishments as a mask carver and photographer.
Comment:  Darn it! Once again I didn't win. :-(

For a previous story about a MacArthur genius, see The Making of Wounded Knee.

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