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From July 21-Aug. 20, Smith College and collaborators to retrace historic Harriman Expedition to Alaska

university." Researchers will reassess the time capsule of data from 1899 in the light of 21st century methodologies and sensibilities. The expedition and its findings will be the subject of a nationally distributed PBS film, scheduled for release in spring 2002, as well as a companion book of essays, photographs and illustrations that Litwin will edit. Emmy Award-winners Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey of Florentine Films/Hott Productions will direct the film, for which Juneau public television station KTOO is the PBS presenting station.

The Clipper Odyssey will set out on July 22 from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and will return to Nome, Alaska, on Aug. 19. The itinerary will take advantage of the expedition vessels shallow draft and high hull-ice rating, features that facilitate glacial exploration and enable the ship to approach the coastline in very shallow bays. Using Zodiacs, the small inflatable landing craft developed by Jacques Cousteau, participants will explore in detail otherwise inaccessible islands, coves and natural habitats.

Equally important, Litwin notes, will be the cultural exchanges with Alaskan communities when the ship makes planned stops each day in coastline towns such as Cape Fox/Ketchican (July 23), Wrangell (July 24), Sitka (July 27), Yakutat (July 29), Cordova (July 31), Kodiak (Aug. 6) and Dutch Harbor (Aug. 11).

The Ketchikan port stop is expected to carry particular significance. At that site, Saanya Kwaan leaders will receive numerous Tlingit sacred objects removed from the uninhabited village of Cape Fox, near Ketchikan, during the 1899 expedition. The objects, which include house posts, ceremonial blankets, totems, masks and carvings, have been in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute, Harvard and Cornell Universities, the University of Washington and the Field Museum in Chicago.

Expedition representatives will participate in the restoration of the sacred items to Tlingit leaders, who wi
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Contact: Marti Hobbes
mhobbes@smith.edu
413-585-2190
Smith College
3-Jul-2001


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