Excerpted from "The Alutiiq Museum's Guidelines for the Spiritual Care of Objects," an article by Sven Haakanson, Jr. and Amy F. Steffian appearing in Stewards of the Sacred, edited by Lawrence E. Sullivan and Alison Edwards, published by the American Association of Museums and used by permission.
Contributed by Laura Schue and read by Sven Haakanson, Jr.: "Amy F. Steffian and I are on staff at the Alutiiq Museum, and this explains our care for ancestral objects." Sven grew up in Old Harbor, Alaska and went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Harvard for school. He works at the Alutiiq Museum and has a beautiful wife and two adorable girls. The photo, by Will Anderson, shows Sven studying Alutiiq drums in Russia.