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The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria will teach traditional skills and cultural practices that are not currently practiced by tribal members by expanding cultural workshops, classes, and events. Participatory community-centered experiences will focus on the creation of both regalia and everyday objects. To reach as many tribal members as possible, especially those not living on the reservation, the tribe will develop associated educational materials including short instructional videos, slideshows of workshop activities, and newsletters, all of which may be accessed for future reference. The twice-weekly intergenerational learning events will reconnect youth and their families with tribal history and cultural practices, and produce a sense of pride and ownership of cultural objects created together.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Center will use grant funds to develop and fabricate an interactive exhibition titled "Fifth Fire" to educate visitors on Potawatomi ancestral culture and lifeways. The exhibition will focus upon the Fifth Fire prophecy, interpreted as the forced acculturation of Native peoples from the colonization and industrialization of the Great Lakes region, which, in turn, created internal conflict that fractured traditional, social, and spiritual ideals. An intended outcome of the exhibition is the increased knowledge of Pottawatomi cultural practices and history among enrolled members, other tribally enrolled individuals, and the general public.
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will rehouse objects in storage and refurbish the permanent exhibition at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Staff will update location information for approximately 3,240 objects housed in storage boxes, as well as create trays to prevent object stacking or specialized mounts for objects requiring additional support. The 400 objects on permanent display will be evaluated, and approximately a quarter of this group will be rotated off of exhibit and replaced by others. Additionally, staff will evaluate exhibition text displayed since the cultural center's opening in 1998 and author new content to replace incorrect and outdated information on text panels and maps.
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe Museum will develop an outdoor learning curriculum based upon the vital role that nature has played in its tribal history, culture, and language. The use of the curriculum will take children out of an indoor classroom setting, allowing the museum to share best teaching practices, including STEM learning, with school teachers and other tribes. Various tribal events will also be developed for cultural education through museum programming, such as environmental demonstrations, outdoor cooking techniques, dance, and language classes. Over 300 youth, elders, and families within a 50-mile radius of tribal headquarters will benefit from these new educational opportunities by connecting with traditional practices.
The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will develop a virtual museum to enable access to artifacts and documents related to Kaho'olawe, an island that is preserved and protected for Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual purposes and generally inaccessible to the public. KIRC will work with a software development team to design an interactive web interface and mobile application presenting a fully functioning map of Kaho'olawe that will enable users to virtually explore the island and link to their collection of digitized archival documents. By sharing this collection, the virtual museum will preserve and share cultural heritage and make available currently inaccessible archival materials.
Hula Preservation Society will create a DVD composed of 30 individual videos documenting the histories, stories, and dance styles of elderly and deceased Kuma Hula (hula masters). Content will be drawn from 15 years of archived oral histories using a master database and individual interview transcripts, and then compiled into thematic video pieces, accompanied by historic photos, documenting vanishing cultural traditions. The DVDs will be distributed free of charge to high school, college, and community libraries across the Hawaiian islands allowing this primary-source material to inform the cultural knowledge of a broad audience.
To increase knowledge of traditional plant use, support Alutiiq language revitalization, and advance the understanding of tribal traditions, the Alutiiq Museum will embark upon the first phase of Naut'staat - The Kodiak Alutiiq Plantlore Project. Grant funds will be used to transform an existing archive of Alutiiq ethnobotanical information and images into print-ready book manuscript and plan for its publication. The 150-page report, compiled 30 years ago, reflects the knowledge of experienced Alutiiq plant users island-wide, many of whom are no longer living. This project will benefit the community and scholars by compiling, preserving, and sharing Alutiiq language terms for commonly used Kodiak Island plants, as well as documenting and sharing lost cultural knowledge for current and future generations.
The Lower Sioux Community Council will improve the visitor experience at its interpretive center by enhancing programmatic offerings and integrating multi-sensory Dakota language and cultural context throughout the site. A new interpretive curriculum incorporating the contemporary Dakota perspective will be developed, piloted, and launched to support meaningful cultural exchanges between visitors and interpreters. Additionally, new interpretive panels, audio and visual equipment, and signage featuring the Dakota language will help the center transform itself from presenting a static historical perspective to showcasing the vibrant living tribal community it serves.
The Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC) will preserve oral histories and facilitate access to archival collections by digitizing and indexing fragile audio reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and handwritten transcriptions. By creating accessible transcripts from translations of Makah language recordings originally created by elders and fluent speakers, the project will provide avenues for Makah tribal members to learn more about their history, cultural values, and traditional resources. Language learners will gain access to recordings of full Makah speech, which will assist them in attaining fluency. Information gleaned from the audio recordings and transcripts will be used to enhance the MCRC's collections management system and will improve and advance the center's stewardship of these collections.
The Oneida Indian Nation will improve access to objects from its collection by creating a searchable database to document and organize all the artifacts in its archives. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new collections management system and to photograph, digitize, and catalog approximately 800 objects. Images and descriptions of these artifacts will become more widely accessible through the installation of a kiosk-based user interface to be located at the nation's Shako:wi Cultural Center. This project will increase the Oneida Nation's capacity to manage and preserve its collections and to make these cultural materials available to tribal members, researchers, historians, students, teachers, artists, and the general public. The project will also expand opportunities for deeper exploration and increased awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Oneida Indian Nation history and culture.
Papahana Kuaola's "Exploring Healthy Watersheds" project will teach students, teachers, and the public the importance of protecting and preserving Hawaii's unique environment. Public, private, and charter school partnerships will target students in grades 3-5, providing class presentations and accompanying fieldtrips to 300 students, as well as more extensive three-day learning opportunities for 40 interested students. Participants will learn how the destruction of native habitats has seriously impacted the natural environment of the Hawaiian Islands, and about the value of healthy watersheds from antiquity through today. Community members will be invited to attend a public exhibition of student work and will gain a stronger awareness of and appreciation for the responsible stewardship of Hawaii's watersheds.
The Quinault Indian Nation will hire a language technician to oversee the digitization of the dictionary of the Quinault language. The project will incorporate a new character font and audio recordings into a searchable database, providing Quinault citizens and the interested public with access to a comprehensive digital repository of authentic Quinault language. The new digital dictionary will be a more accurate and accessible tool that can be used to develop language curriculums, helping the Quinault Nation spread the knowledge of their language and increase the number of speakers in Quinault communities. It will offer a critically important educational tool needed to preserve the extinct Tsamosan (Olympic) branch of the Coast Salish family of the Salishan language.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe will purchase and install hardware and software for audio-visual media replacements in its permanent exhibit, "Diba Jimooyung" (Telling Our Story), housed at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways. The multimedia components and equipment of the exhibit, which opened in 2004, are outdated and have failed due to daily repetitive operation. Upgrading and replacing these essential elements will help keep the exhibition viable, dynamic, and attractive to visitors. The project will help ensure that the unique Anishinabe culture and heritage within the permanent exhibit's theaters, videos, and audio zones, will continue to be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe will use grant funds to re-think the Akwesasne Cultural Center's organizational structure and redesign its space to better serve the community's needs. A facilitator with expertise in history, organizational theory, and architecture will be engaged to coordinate board/staff discussions and community dialogue, and to develop and administer surveys to inform the planning process. By integrating all aspects of programming in a more interactive and culturally relevant way, this project will improve the welcoming atmosphere of the cultural center, strengthen cultural activities, and increase access to the center's resources. As a result, the center will be in a better position to enact organizational change that will help increase and sustain knowledge of Mohawk history and culture in the community.
The Seldovia Museum will improve the care of its collections and provide assistance to other museums through a three-part project. In the first phase of the project, the museum will organize a workshop for 12 staff from small Alaskan museums to gain skills in storage support fabrication and basic object conservation and cleaning. Participants will receive a collection care toolkit for ongoing use. In the second phase of the project, the Seldovia Museum will enhance its collections storage area with archival-grade containers and storage supports, in addition to upgrading its collections database software. Digital collections management policies and procedures will be developed and tested in the third phase of the project and distributed as a template to other museums. The policies will strengthen the museum staff's ability to manage and preserve its growing collections of digital materials, and to increase public accessibility.
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum will design and fabricate a permanent, interactive exhibition titled "Ganönyö:g," commonly referred to as the "Thanksgiving Address," for its new Seneca Nation Cultural Center building. "Ganönyö:g" will visually represent each section of the speech with corresponding audio recordings featuring local Seneca Nation members speaking in the Seneca language. Educational packets will be developed for fourth-grade students and will contain surveys that evaluate students' understanding of the content before, during, and after museum visits. Through the exhibition, museum visitors will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Seneca cultural beliefs, philosophy, origins, and language, helping the museum fulfilling its purpose of bringing people together in love and respect.
The Wiyot Tribe will launch "Haluni' Houbishwuqu'l - The Counting of Valuables," an initiative to train the staff of its cultural heritage center in implementing best practices in archival management that align with standards established by the Society of American Archivists. Professional archivists will be engaged to help staff develop criteria for determining the historical significance of documents held by the Tribe, to set policies and procedures for handling the materials, and to conduct a comprehensive inventory of 200 boxes of uncataloged documents. Additionally, staff will gather materials related to the Tribe from other local institutions, digitize analog records when appropriate, store digital records on the center's server, and update the collections database. Recommendations from the project will result in an archives management plan that standardizes archival and handling procedures, and will assist in planning for the future expansion of the cultural center.
Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum will launch a community engagement and audience building campaign to coincide with the 2017-18 celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Himdag Ki: (Culture House). The main components of the campaign include launching the museum's first website, publishing a book written by and for O'odham, and making a long overdue update to and redesign of the museum brochure. As the project centerpiece, the book will focus on O'Odham culture and the museum's role in its revitalization. The combination of these outreach methods is intended to raise community awareness and participation in the museum through increased visitation both onsite and through the new website.
The Tonkawa Tribe will hire a project coordinator to organize classes for Tonkawa youth and adults in traditional song, dance, regalia making, games, and language. Tribal instructors will lead gender appropriate classes for youth during an established afterschool program, reaching 50 children ages 6-18. Classes for girls will include shawl and dress making, dancing, and singing. Classes for boys will include drum making and playing, dancing, and singing. Multigenerational classes of the hand game will teach math skills such as counting and keeping score, and language classes will be offered to adults. The project will help both youth and adults learn about their tribal history, thus keeping the language and the culture alive.
The John Hair Cultural Center and Museum will lead the "Missing Pieces: Documenting Keetoowah Heritage" project to identify missing documents fundamental to Keetoowah heritage. Museum staff and advisory team members will visit three museum collections in Oklahoma and three major archival collections at the National Archives and Records Administration, in Washington, D.C.; the Newbury Library, in Chicago, Illinois; and the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. The visits will provide opportunities to identify important Keetoowah heritage documents to copy for use or request for loan to include in future exhibits and programming, resulting in the creation of a resource list of heritage documents not in the museum's collection. Facsimiles and digital copies of documents obtained through the visits will be used to support a refreshed long-term exhibition; six travel briefcases for use in teaching students; and syllabary classes, focusing on the written representation of the Cherokee language.
The White Mountain Apache Tribe's Nohwike' Bgowa Museum will collaborate with representatives from the four Western Apache Tribes to create "Nest'n (That Which Has Ripened)," an exhibition of traditional Western Apache diets. Building on decades-long work of Western Apache knowledge-holders and their research partners, Nest'n will illustrate traditional Apache foodways; the complex relationships among Apache people, their lands, and all beings that share those lands; social organization; and ways of knowing that are all interconnected with traditional foods. Panel installations will also be exhibited at the partnering tribes' cultural centers or governmental offices. An intended outcome of the project is to encourage an estimated 30,000 citizens of the four Western Apache Tribes and other visitors to Nest'n to adapt their diets in positive ways while learning more about traditional foods and the natural environment around them.