Paths Across the Pacific IX

2016 Program of Events

Preliminary Activities

August 15        Monday

8:00 am KCAW Morning Interview (KCAW 104.7 FM)
Nancy Yaw Davis and Curt Ebbesmeyer (co-founders, 2002-2016)
History of program and this year’s topics and speakers

August 16       Tuesday
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Book Reading and Signing (Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln St)
Curt Ebbesmeyer, author of Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science
Ian Hudson, co-author of Who Discovered America and 1421: The Year China Discovered America

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm KCAW Flotsam Hour call in (KCAW 104.7 FM)
Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Dean Orbison

August 17        Wednesday
all day Kayaking, tours, hikes, museums, exploring Sitka on your own

11:00 am to 1:00 pm Cruise for speakers and their guests
(Fishermen’s Quay, 475 Katlian St)
Capt. Larry Calvin on the Misty Morning                      

Conference Program 2016

August 17        Wednesday
6:00 pm Registration (Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, 235 Katlian Street)
7:00 pm Reception and Introductions (ANB Hall)
Catered by Gary May, New Creations Bistro
Welcome from Paulette Moreno (ANS President, Camp #4) and Wilbur Brown (ANB President, Camp #1)
Two Tlingit words taught by Roby Littlefield, Language Learning Researcher and Teacher

August 18        Thursday
Lectures and talks will be held in Rasmuson 113.

8:00 am Registration (Rasmuson Lobby, Sheldon Jackson Campus)

8:15 am KCAW Morning Interview
Ian Hudson, co-author with Gavin Menzies, of Who discovered America?  The Untold History of the Peopling of the America.

9:00 am Speaker: Nancy Yaw Davis, Ph.D.                              
“Paths Across the Pacific 2002 - 2016: Speakers and Events to Remember”
Introduced by Scott Davis

10:00 am Break, snacks, and discussion (Rasmuson Lobby)

10:30 am Speaker: Donald Ryan, Ph.D.
“Diffusion and Culture: The Archaeological Shunning of a Normal Concept”
Introduced by Richard Callaghan, Ph.D.

11:30 am Lunch (Available for purchase for $12 at Sweetland Hall)

1:30 pm Speaker: Harriett Miyasato Beleal
“Harriett’s Story,” video, and discussion
Introduced by Paulette Moreno

3:00 pm Field Trip       

7:00 pm Speaker: Donald Ryan, Ph.D.
Introduced by Kathryn Winslow
“The Making of the Kon-Tiki Movies: Comments and viewing of the original 1948 film and the 2013 modern Norwegian film” (popcorn provided!)

August 19        Friday

8:15 am KCAW Morning Interview
Clarence Antioquia, Sitka High School alum
Bureau of Indian Affairs Juneau Area Regional Director

9:00 am Richard Callaghan, Ph.D
“Were Anomalous Meteorological Patterns Required for the Discovery and Colonization of Micronesia and Polynesia?”
Introduced by Donald Ryan, Ph.D.

10:00 am Break,  snacks, and discussion

10:30 am Clarence Antioquia, Bureau of Indian Affairs Juneau Area Regional Director
“Growing up in the Village”
Introduced by Liz Howard

11:30 am Group Photo by James Poulson (Sign up for copies in Rasmuson Lobby)

Noon       Lunch (Available for purchase for $12 at Sweetland Hall)

1:30 pm   Speaker: Ian Hudson
“1421: The Year China Discovered America”
Introduced by Nancy Yaw Davis

2:30 pm   Break, snacks, discussion

3:00 pm   Field Trip

7:00 pm   Speaker:  Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Ph.D.
“Flotsam in Southeast Alaska”
Introduced by Dean Orbison

August 20        Saturday      

9:00 am  Speaker: Nancy Yaw Davis, Ph.D.
“Priests Across the Pacific”                            

10:00 am Break

10:30 am Roundtable Discussion: Coasts and Currents

11:30 am Lunch (Available for purchase for $12 at Sweetland Hall)

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Beachcombers’ Fair (Rasmuson Lobby) –
The public is more than welcome to bring their beachcomber’s treasures to show to Curtis and find out how they may have landed on our Sitka shores

7:00 pm Talk and Performance (Odess Theater in Allen Hall)
Poem: Paulette Moreno
Poem: Mikaela Dunlap Larsen, “Migration,” read by John Dunlap
Speaker:  Ian Hudson, “Who Discovered America?”
Reception to follow

August 21        Sunday

9:00 am to 10:30 am Closing Meeting
Summaries, evaluations, and plans
Future Topics
Future Speakers (PJ Capolati Raidar, B. Kemp, Rita Colwell, David Botstein,  Andre Tabarev)

12:00 am to 4:30 pm Beachcombing and Wildlife Cruise (Allen Marine boat tour)
RSVP to Rebecca Osborne,
Tickets are $40 check (Paths Across the Pacific) or cash
Boat loads at 11:30am at Crescent Harbor
Beachcombing on Kruzof Island led by Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer with wildlife viewing along the way! The vessel will be standing by at Crescent Harbor starting at 11:30am. The tour will depart at 12:00pm and return at 4:30pm. Mobility alert - waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended. Also, the passenger will have to walk down a ramp from the boat directly to the beach with a crew member on the beach helping.

Light snacks are available for purchase on board but bringing your own is recommended.

Paths Across the Pacific expresses their appreciation to Allen Marine Tours for making this fundraiser possible.