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The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will launch a digital storytelling project to enhance its efforts to expand and sustain access to elders' stories for current and future generations. Project staff will attend a professional digital storytelling workshop to learn the technical skills needed for capturing oral stories for cultural preservation. Elder interviews will be conducted using techniques gained from the trainings, and the tribe will host a storytelling forum to encourage community dialogue of storytelling, preservation, and cultural engagement. A discussion guide will be created to accompany the stories with a transcript of the interviews and background information on the elders. The final product will be a digitized collection of stories in DVD format. Up to 1,500 copies of the DVD will be disseminated to every Eastern Shawnee home and local tribes and partners, and the remaining copies will be preserved in the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Library and Museum.
The Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma will strengthen the community's cultural identity by instructing its members in the making of traditional Tonkawa regalia for both men and women. The tribe will hire two instructors to teach community classes to demonstrate the making of Tonkawa traditional clothing. Male participants will make the vest, breechcloth, leggings, and moccasins for their own use, and female participants will make the medallion, war paint, scalp stick, moccasins, concho belt, and apron. Following the classes, the clothing made by instructors will be displayed in the new Tribal Justice Center. Supplementing the display will be visitor kiosks, providing a description of Tonkawa clothing and ceremonies with text and pictures detailing how the clothing styles changed over time and how they relate to everyday life.