Sagviksuk is an Inupiat word that means, “to come into view.” Our goal at the Circumpolar Laboratory Inventory Project (CLIP) is to bring the collections from Cape Krusenstern, Onion Portage, the Noatak and Kobuk Rivers into view for researchers, Alaska Native people, and the public.
Through a Cooperative Agreement between the National Park Service and Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, we will inventory the archaeological collections made by Brown University teams directed by J. Louis Giddings and Douglas Anderson between 1941 and 2015.
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies has been a center for archaeological fieldwork in the arctic and for training students in arctic archaeology since its establishment in 1968. We’d like to think that the CLIP and Coming into View will attract people to our collections. There is so much potential here for contemporary and future research, and we want to share what we’re doing now, which will hopefully facilitate that future research.
Coming into View will be updated weekly, with a combination of long-form posts about the history of the laboratory, the Giddings and Anderson legacy, updates on past projects, and of course what we’re finding during the inventory and shorter, photography-centric posts. We’ll include high-quality photographs of artifacts you might be familiar with from Cape Krusenstern and Onion Portage, as well as material that hasn’t been published yet.
Join us on this journey through a spectacular piece of Alaskan pre-history, Inupiat culture, and Brown University’s long relationship with the Northwest Arctic.