Dr. Iqalluuq Sven Haakanson, Jr.
Curator of Native American Anthropology, Burke Museum
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington
Dr. Haakanson has documented and preserved the language and culture of the Alutiiq people for much of his career. He served as the Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak and is one of only three Alaskans that received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a prestigious recognition award by the Foundation as the "driving force behind the revitalization of Indigenous language." Sven lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. His research and exhibit work has taken him to Harvard’s Peabody Museum, the Field Museum of Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institute and to museums across Europe. He has served on the Alaska Native Science Commission and is former chair of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. He now serves as an Associate Professor in anthropology at the University of Washington while continuing his research and preservation of the Alutiiq culture.
Sven earned his B.A. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University.