Phyllis Ann Fast

 Athabascan Scholar, Writer, Visual Artist

Phyllis Fast

​​​​​Education Marks

  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (1998).
    Dissertation title: Gwich'in Women, Gwich'in Healing:
    Responses of Northern Athabascans to Postcolonial Hegemonies

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, Master of Arts, Alaska Native Literary Forms
    (interdisciplinary Anthropology and English, 1990).
    Thesis title: Naatsilanei and Ko'ehdan, a Semiotic Analysis of Two Alaska Native Myths.

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, ANTH A360 Anthropology of Art (2007-2014)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Beginning Drawing (1994)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Beginning Watercolor (1993)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (1968), Bachelor of Arts, English


  • Featured speaker and artist, “Visualizing Sovereignty”, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, November and December 2014.
  • Babes in the Woods, gallery representation, Anchorage, Alaska, 2008 and 2009
  • Two Spirits Gallery, Anchorage Alaska, 2007 solo exhibit
  • Native Art Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, traveling exhibit of
    “Alaska 2005: Native Arts Now” displayed for the 39th annual AFN Conference

  • Alaska 2005:  Native Arts Now invitational exhibit, curator, Ron Senungetuk, Kenai, Alaska
  • North Central Missouri College one-woman show, March 2004
  • Koahnic Broadcasting tee shirt featuring “Athabascan Country Conversations,” May 2004
  • Wells Street Gallery invitational show, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 2003
  • “Undercurrents,” Morris-Decker Gallery, Anchorage Alaska, March 2003
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. 
    Four paintings selected from the Second Annual All Alaska Native Juried Art Show for a traveling exhibit to open November, 2001

  • “Ceremony of Healing:  A visual arts exhibit and reading by Alaska Native Women” at Alaska Pacific University, June 2001. 
    Six paintings and collages.

  • “Threads of Gold,” guest curator for UA Museum project on Athabascan women, June 1997
  • "Tinmiagpuk, Tilila Koyona, Aquila chrysactos:  Iñupiaq and Koyukon interpretations of the Golden Eagle," Kolstad Gallery in Anchorage Alaska, July 1997. 
  • Two-woman visual art show "Kwanetun, a Story of Survival and Revenge,"  exhibit, Window​ Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, April 1988.