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Department of Anthropology

Lars Krutak

Lars Krutak
Lars Krutak, Ph.D.

Repatriation Case Officer, Alaska

Division: Repatriation

Area of Specialization:
Repatriation; Indigenous Ethnology, Material Culture, Knowledge Systems and Body Art.


Phone:
  202-633-0869
Fax:  202-786-2728
E-mail Address: krutakl@si.edu

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address


Education:

Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University (2009)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks (1998)
B.A., Anthropology and Art History, University of Colorado Boulder (1993)

Professional Activities:

Chair, Special Session on Inuit Heritage and Museums, 18th Inuit Studies Conference, Washington, D.C. October 24-28, 2012.

Chair, Special Session on The Body Idea in European Culture, Nella Pelle/Into the Skin: First International Conference on the Identity, Symbolism, and History of Permanent Body Marks, Pontificia Università Urbaniana,Vatican City. December 5-6, 2011.


Research Interests/Profile:

Prior to joining the NMNH, Dr. Krutak worked as the Alaska and Northwest Coast repatriation research specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian (1999-2002). Repatriation involves an array of complex social and cultural interests, but through community consultation, outreach, and other collaborative projects it moves beyond the return of objects and human remains to include the recovery, generation, and sharing of new forms of knowledge.

Dr. Krutak’s other research interests have focused on indigenous body modification (especially tattooing) worldwide.  Since 1997, he has worked to document traditional knowledge surrounding tattoo – one of the world’s oldest yet often unrecognized forms of human cultural expression – because inscribed bodies represent particularly useful vehicles from which to study the indigenous ethos of the world and how it was constructed. That is because tattoo worked to indelibly assert and communicate cultural concepts encompassing affiliation, social status, maturity, traditional medicine, spirituality, as well as cultural pride and artistic ability.

Selected Publications:

Krutak, Lars. In press. The Art of Enchantment: Corporeal Marking and Tattooing Bundles of the Great Plains. In: Deter-Wolf, Aaron and Diaz-Granados, Carol, Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Krutak, Lars. In press. Tattoos, Totem Marks, and War Clubs: Projecting Power through Visual Symbolism in Northern Woodlands Culture. In: Deter-Wolf, Aaron and Diaz-Granados, Carol, Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Krutak, Lars. In press. The Power to Cure: A Brief History of Therapeutic Tattooing. In: Della Casa, Philippe and Witt, Constanze, Tattoos and Body Modifications in Antiquity. Proceedings of the Sessions at the EAA Annual Meetings in The Hague and Oslo, 2010-11. Zurich Studies in Archaeology 9.

Krutak, Lars. 2012. Magical Tattoos and Scarification: Spiritual Skin. Wisdom. Healing. Shamanic Power. Protection. Munich: Edition Reuss. 400pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2010. Kalinga Tattoo: Ancient and Modern Expressions of the Tribal. Munich: Edition Reuss. 424pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2010. Skorá szamana i magiczne tatuaże [Shamanic Skin and Magical Tattooing]. Focus 10: 74-78.

Krutak, Lars. 2009. Of Human Skin and Ivory Spirits: Tattooing and Carving in Bering Strait. In: Fitzhugh, William, Hollowell, Julie, and Crowell, Aaron, Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait. Princeton & New Haven: Princeton University Press & Yale University Press, pp. 190-203.

Krutak, Lars. 2007. The Tattooing Arts of Tribal Women. London: Bennett & Bloom. 282pp.

Merrill, William L. and Krutak, Lars. 2006. Rarámuri. In: Clements, William M., The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, vol. 4. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 296-308.

Krutak, Lars. 2005. Repatriation. In: Nuttall, Mark, Encyclopedia of the Arctic, vol. 3. New York: Routledge, pp. 1757-1758.

Krupnik, Igor and Krutak, Lars (comps). 2002.  Akuzilleput Igaqullghet: Our Words Put to Paper. Sourcebook in St. Lawrence Island Yupik Heritage and History. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 3. Washington, D.C.: Arctic Studies Center. 463pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2000. The Arctic. In: Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book. New York: Juno Books, pp. 172-185.

Krutak, Lars. 1999. St. Lawrence Island Joint-Tattooing: Spiritual/Medicinal Functions and Inter-Continental Possibilities. Études/Inuit/Studies 23(1-2): 229-252.

Repatriation Reports:

Krutak, Lars. 2012. “Assessment of Objects Requested for Repatriation by the Pueblo De Cochiti in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 40pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2011. “Inventory and Assessment of Human Remains and Funerary Objects from Shishmaref, Alaska, in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 28pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2011. “Inventory and Assessment of Human Remains and Funerary Objects from the Hooper Bay Region of Alaska in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 41pp.

Krutak, Lars. 2011. “Inventory and Assessment of Funerary Objects from St. Lawrence Island and the Punuk Islands of Alaska in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 72pp.

Krutak, Lars and Dudar, J. Christopher. 2010. “Inventory and Assessment of Human Remains and Funerary Objects from the Nome Region of Alaska in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 45pp.

Krutak, Lars and Dudar, J. Christopher. 2010. “Inventory and Assessment of Human Remains from Little Diomede Island, Alaska, in the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.” 29pp.

Film/Television:

Ancient Aliens: Mysterious Rituals – History Channel (2011)
Tattoo Hunter – Discovery Channel 10-part series (2010-2009)
Tattoo: Under the Skin. National Geographic Channel (2005)
Taboo: Body Art. National Geographic Channel (2004)
The Vanishing Tattoo: Borneo – National Geographic Television International (2004)

Exhibitions:

Shamanic Skin: The Art of Magical Tattooing (2012). Solo photography exhibition shown at Sacred Gallery, New York City. February 4-29.
Skin Deep: A Cultural History of Tattooing (2006). Curator of exhibition. Shown at the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology. March 23-May 15.

Awards:

American Book Award (2003). Akuzilleput Igaqullghet. Our Words Put to Paper (with Igor Krupnik, Willis Walunga and Vera Metcalf).

 

 

    

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