Anchorage Museum

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty much spent in bed, recuperating from an awful head cold and cough. It sucks being sick while on vacation, but I'm with family, so it's all good. 
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We managed to squeeze a trip to the museum before I fell ill, which I'm really glad we got to do. When I lived in Alaska, I rarely got to do touristy activities, and I deeply regret that. It's catch up time, for sure. 
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We spent the bulk of our time looking intently at the wonderful display at the Arctic Studies wing where I took most of the following pictures. There is a wealth of information about Native cultures that was revealed to me, and I struggled to lap it all up in one afternoon. I marveled at totems, clothing, daily utensils, and various tchotchkes, each having its own story to tell. 
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One of the more interesting pieces I saw is this gorgeous armor made of thick hide and sinew. 
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This is perhaps my favorite piece ever. It's a hand-sewn coat made out of animal intestines that have been treated and dried before sewing with sinew thread to create a waterproof outer covering. I couldn't stop staring at how even and delicate the stitches were, and how visually captivating the coat is to look at. 
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27 comments:

  1. ooh dear I hope you get better soon Laura! the museum looks pretty amazing. the coat made out of animal intestines makes my insides churn a little to be honest, but it is a pretty cool concept. and love that armless fox-man in the first pic haha!

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  2. Aaarrgghh not a cold!!! Sooo sucky. Ugh, load up on vitamins, water and rest. I hope it passes quickly for you. These are some awesome pieces from the museum. I wonder how they figured out how to make waterproof garments like that? That must've been fascinating.

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  3. :( hope you are feeling better soon! These piccys are lovely and even though I know I've said it before- your green hair is rocking my world! xx

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  4. I hope you've managed to shake your head cold - at least it sounds like you're making the most of your trip!

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  5. Sorry you were feeling bad. Hopefully you are on the mend. I love museums and learning about history. This looks like it was awesome! That's crazy the coat was made out of intestines! Heather

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  6. Cool art. Hope you feel better.

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  7. The museum looks fun! I love the top picture! I hope your headcold is finally on the way out!

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  8. All the faces in this museum are so interesting. Quirky, and to me, just a bit off. I guess I always figured that Alaska had unique culture but I could never put my thumb on how.

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  9. This museum looks like a lot of fun! Unique!

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  10. Interesting museum pieces...the anorak made of intestines is definitely intriguing. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing...can't wait to see more :)

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  11. hope you're feeling better laura. that museum is so cool. love all of the local culture they have displayed.
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  12. The Museum Looks amazing! What a great cultural visit.

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  13. love the totems! i vaguely remember some carvings like that when i used to live in washington.. but that was long ago. the vintage luggage is so cool as well! feel better!

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  14. That was one museum we didn't visit. We were all museumed out by that stage :)

    Hope you had fun and are feeling better!

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  15. great museum! thanks for sharing! I was having a great fun looking through it!

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  16. I love that last photo of you, those glasses are amazing on you! This looks like a very neat museum, I love learning about how different cultures live and always make sure to visit museums and art galleries when I visit someplace new!

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  17. Love your frames!

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  18. hopefully you get well super duper soon, Laura :)
    Anchorage Musuem looks amazing

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  19. Hope you're feeling better! I've been loving seeing Alaska through your eyes! (err... camera!).

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  20. The exhibit looks really interesting. Get better soon!

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  21. Such an interesting museum, that hand sewn coat is so unique, very intriguing. Thanks for sharing Laura. Enjoy the weekend and relax. xx/Madison

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  22. I love the first picture so much ! You're like a fairy tale character !
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  23. I would have a field day in the Anchorage Museum! It probably doesn't really come across on my blog (I don't know if I've ever talked about it), but I have great respect for Native American and First Nations cultures.

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  24. That coat is bananas! We can learn a lot from Native cultures, which were good at using every part of animals and finding ingenious ways to create warm clothing in the Great North's cold climes. My mom lived on Baffin Island for two years and she brought back some amazing winterwear. Anyways, looks-wise, this coat reminds me of puffer jackets.

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