Paths Across the Pacific X

2018 Program of Events :: July 18 – July 22, 2018

Wednesday July 18, 2018
7pm-9pm:  Paths X Welcome Reception – ANB Hall:  Come mix with the Speakers, Organizers, Volunteers, Participants and Locals to kick off our Paths X Conference.  Complementary Finger Food and Beverages.  Special Performance by the Sheet'ká Kwaan Dancers performing the Giyakw Kwaan series (Dionne Brady-Howard dance leader)

Thursday July 19, 2018
9am:  Welcome & Intro to Paths X – John Stein
9:15:  Welcome and Paths Across the Pacific Overview: “The Paradigm is Bent !” - Nancy Yaw Davis
10:00am:  Film:  On Your Knees Cave – “Kuwo’ot yas.e’in” “His spirit is looking out from the cave”.  Acknowledgements for the showing of this film to Sealaska Heritage Institute. 
10:30am:  Session Intro: Connecting Oceans and Ocean Connections - Richard Callaghan 
10:40am:  Searching for Evidence of Late Pleistocene human occupation along the Western Margin of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet - Duncan McLaren / Gitla (Elroy White)
11:40am – 1pm: Lunch Break at nearby restaurants
1:00pm:  Crossing Two Oceans: The Chronology and Pathways of the Malayo-Polynesian Expansion - Richard Callaghan
2:00pm:  Pacific Island Seafaring and Navigation: An Overview of the Nautical Prowess of Austronesian Voyagers– Damion Sailors
3:00 – 3:30pm – Open Discussion / Reflections on the Day
3:30pm – 6pm: Open Time
6:00pm: Movie Showing at Centennial Hall – ‘The Ra Expedition’ with host Don Ryan
7:30pm: Post Movie Soiree at ‘Mean Queen’ Restaurant

Friday July 20, 2018
9am: Session Intro: Shared Oceans, Shared Humanity: Crossing Ancient Oceans – Stephen C. Jett
9:15am: “Political Correctness” and Pre-Columbian American Influences on the Old World – Stephen C. Jett
10:15am:  A Review of Stephen C. Jett’s book ‘Crossing Ancient Oceans’ – Carl Johannessen 
11:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm: Shared Oceans, Shared Resources Session Intro: Ancient Intertidal Fishing and Maricultural Structures  – Anne Pollnow
1:40pm: A Unique and Unexplained Ancient Fishing Site in Sheet’ká Kwáan Territory of Southeast Alaska – Anne Pollnow 
2:30pm: Mapping Island Moka: Assessing the Spatial Patterns of Customary Fishing Weirs in the Fiji Island Group – Damion Sailors
3:30pm: Elroy White – Stone Salmon Traps
5pm – 7pm:  Open Time
7:00pm- 8:30pm: Book Fair & Book Reading at Centennial Hall – Stephen C. Jett, Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Don Ryan, Susan Kieffer, Nancy Yaw Davis

Saturday July 21, 2018
9:00am: Session intro: Connected Oceans, Shared Oceans
9:15am – 10:15am: Experimental Voyaging – Transoceanic Crossings – Don Ryan
10:30am – 12:30pm: Ocean Currents, Floating Objects, Gyres, and Garbage Patches, Plastic washing up in Alaska – Curtis Ebbesmeyer
12:30pm – 2:30pm:  Lunch and/or self-guided Totem Pole Hike at Sitka National Park;  Other options to visit:  Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Church, shopping in Sitka, Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears, Kayaking
2:30pm-3:30pm "Cave Exploration, Naming, and the relationship with the US Forestry Service" - Connie LaPerrier.  
3:30pm: Film & Discussion:  On Your Knees Cave – “Kuwo’ot yas.e’in” “His spirit is looking out from the cave”. Sitka National Historical Park.  Acknowledgements for the showing of this film to Sealaska Heritage Institute. 
4:30pm-5:20pm:  Brinnen Carter, Sitka National Historical Park
6:00pm-9:00PM: SOLD OUT! Dinner Reception and ‘Dynamics of Disasters’ Keynote Presentation by Susan Kieffer at Harrigan Centennial Hall  (Public welcome: $35 - Advance tickets only, come to Centennial Hall, Paths Across the Pacific, Registration Desk, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Thursday.)

Sunday July 22, 2018
7:00am – Noon:  Beachcombing Trip and Boat Cruise.  Note the early start is required due to tides.

Enjoy this early morning boat cruise to see wildlife and to beach comb for interesting finds.  Pubic Welcome!  $55 includes a breakfast box for advance tickets only!  For advance tickets, come to Centennial Hall, Paths Across the Pacific, Registration Desk, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Thursday or Friday.  If you want to take your chance on last minute availability, come to Crescent Harbor adjacent to Centennial Hall at 7am Sunday. 

1:00pm – 3:00pm:  Beachcombing Fair at Harrigan Centennial Hall with world leading beachcomber Curtis Ebbesmeyer.  Anyone can bring their beachcombed finds to Centennial Hall Raven Room, starting at noon, tables provided.  Public Welcome!

*Note this Program Agenda is subject to change without notice.  Updates will be posted to the Paths X website.