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KPC Showcase presents spring lecture: 'Connected to the Tundra'

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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

KPC anthropologist Dr. Alan Boraas wants to encourage the community to come out for an interesting lecture and slide presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in the KPC commons. Artist and anthropologist Dr. Joan Tenenbaum will speak about the evolution of her art and the transformation that occurred as a result of her experiences living as an anthropologist in rural Alaska.

Tenenbaum's presentation traces the evolution of her work from her early years to the present and the transformation that occurred as a result of her experiences living in Bush Alaska in the 1970s. She will show how the environment, culture and spirituality of the Native people with whom she lived gradually entered her designs. Though always believing that she had to choose between anthropology and jewelry, it was only after leaving Alaska that a surprising synthesis happened. In spite of herself, she began to fuse her anthropological background with her jewelry work, and what has resulted is an original body of work into which is woven the stories, traditions, landscapes and spiritual beliefs of the Native people of Alaska. Usually anthropologists live with people, understand their culture and interpret it to the world through books, but Tenenbaum is doing it through her jewelry.

Tenenbaum is a studio goldsmith and jewelry teacher who started studying her craft in high school and has been making jewelry for more than 44 years. From an early age, her first love was making jewelry, but her path led to an academic life. She studied anthropology and linguistics and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Research for her dissertation took her to Nondalton, where she lived with the Dena'ina and wrote a grammar and dictionary of their language.

She later lived with Yup'ik and Inupiaq Eskimos in several villages, teaching and coordinating programs for the University of Alaska. During all these years she continued to make jewelry and study technique and never gave up her dream to one day be a full-time metalsmith.

Don't miss this free presentation made possible in part by the Anna Fossett Goodrich Memorial Fund of the Damon Foundation. For more information, contact Dr. Boraas at 262-0360 or e-mail ifasb@uaa.alaska.edu.

Golf tournament aids school

KPC once again was rewarded by the generosity of the community at the regular meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. At the weekly chamber luncheon March 16, Bob Favretto, owner of Kenai Chrysler, presented KPC with a check for $10,000 to support the business and industry division at the college. This is the fourth year KPC has been the beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament bringing the total to more than $35,000.

Primary sponsors of the tournament are Kenai Chrysler and the Peninsula Clarion. The popular tournament draws players from throughout peninsula and the state.

Mark your calendar

Only 10 days are left until world-class stand-up comedy comes back to KPC in Soldotna. The KPC Showcase series presents headliners Daniel Tosh and Eric Nieves at 8 p.m. April 10 in the Brockel Building.

Tosh has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" several times and recently was featured with his own special on Comedy Central. Nieves is from the Bronx in New York City and has appeared on "NYPD Blue" and done standup on "Showtime at the Apollo," and BET's "Comic View."

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and are available in the KPC Bookstore, River City Books in Soldotna and Hi-Speed Gear in Kenai. The public is reminded that this show is for mature audiences and the material presented may be offensive to some. This presentation is made possible in part by the Anna Fossett Goodrich Memorial Fund of the Damon Foundation. For more information, call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail indaa@uaa.alaska.edu.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.



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