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Rediscovering History with Needles, Thread, and Caribou Skins

Through a grant from IMLS, the Alutiiq Museum developed a project to educate adult skin sewers on Kodiak Island, recruit new sewers, create educational resources on skin sewing, and enrich community knowledge of the art of Native Alaskan skin sewing. Read More

Members of the Ziibiwing Center's Lil' Language Warriors Club
April 2010: Speaking Our Language: Preserving the Saginaw Chippewa Dialect

Only a handful of people speak the Ojibway dialect of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. To preserve the language, the tribal museum embarked on a project to digitally record fluent speakers, teach children to speak the language, and produce quarterly community immersion events. Read More

Conservation technician Ryan Ashley and Randall Melton work on collection objects and explain their methods to a group of visitors.
October 2009: Cataloging Histories of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes

Providing community access to understand how collections are cataloged and handled can have myriad benefits. When the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute created a temporary exhibit in which curators and technicians performed cataloging and preventative conservation work in front of visitors, the results included a deeper understanding of how museums and cultural centers care for collections. Read More