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The Seldovia Village Tribe will partner with the Seward Community Library & Museum to coordinate a multi-faceted project that offers training in digital collections management for a variety of audiences. A four-day workshop providing hands-on skills in digital object creation, processing, and preservation will be presented for staff members from small Alaska museums. The Seldovia Museum will inventory, digitize, and catalog its archival collections and conduct basic digitization workshops for local community members. The museum staff will also locate and digitize Seldovia-related materials housed in other museums and archives. These material will be added to Seldovia's archives, establishing the museum as a central, accessible repository for Seldovia's historical documents. The digitization and expansion of the museum's archives will benefit staff, community, researchers, and future generations. Community workshops will encourage participants to preserve and share their own records and photographs.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will develop a strategic plan and a master architectural plan for a museum/cultural center. The tribe has identified the need for a museum to house a growing collection of material artifacts and historic documentation to help the community connect and learn about the Chemehuevi people. The tribe will work with external consultants to develop the plans that consider tribal values, community needs, and expert opinions. They will also survey tribal leadership, community leaders, and other stakeholders to determine mission/vision statements, perform a SWOT analysis, and host a strategic initiatives workshop, Public meetings will be key to the development of a strategic plan. The architectural plan's development will include site visits and analysis, a space program report, initial concepts and cost estimates, and renderings of the proposed museum.
The White Mountain Apache Tribe will completely refurbish the primary exhibition in Nohwike' B gowa Museum to better reflect the community's current experience, needs, and priorities. The renovation will also expand the museum's capacity to provide educational services for all visitors. To complete planning for the "Ndee Bik‚/Footprints of the Apache" exhibit, the tribe will consult with the community to reimagine the space and visit other museums to identify appropriate Western Apache collections for loan. The gallery renovation work will include modification of exhibit cases and lighting upgrades and the creation of new text panels, images, and audio-visual presentations. The tribe has also joined the National Museum of the American Indian in a pilot project to bring objects held in their collections back to the White Mountain Apache community for exhibition.
The "Ho'thokaywayna'key: Our Stories" project will build the capacity for Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center staff to produce community-curated exhibits and programs. The project will result in guidelines for the creation of these exhibits, content for the center's first community-curated exhibit, a written plan for related educational programs, and a cataloged archive of project minutes and exhibit content. The project will begin with a workshop to share successful models for community-curated exhibits. Cultural center staff will facilitate a series of meetings with 16 community participants to co-create guidelines for the exhibit creation process. Staff will also assist community members in developing their own exhibit storyline and planning for associated educational program. The tribe will host a final round table to review how the process worked and how it can be improved in the future.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute will enhance the "Our Grandparents' Names on the Land" exhibit. Aimed at school children, the general public, and visitors to Juneau, this exhibit showcases the multi-faceted attributes of the region's indigenous place names. The exhibit features a large, interactive, touchscreen multimedia tabletop with a total of 3,500 Native place name locations displayed on a satellite map of Southeast Alaska. The project will harness the table's capability to share digitized content from the institute's extensive collection. This collection includes audio and audiovisual recordings that document Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language, culture, and history. The project team will digitize and link collection resources, which range from historical photographs to videos to textual documents, to 50 indigenous place names in the exhibit. Two students from the University of Alaska, Southeast, will earn college credit by assisting with project activities.
The Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department will inventory and digitize cultural heritage materials housed at the Penobscot Nation Museum. Staff members will be trained on digitization best practices. This pilot project will provide the skills needed for ongoing efforts and help staff digitize heritage materials held by other organizations and museums. The multi-day training will focus on photography, general workflow/project planning, and working with the content management system. The selected content management system will provide a digital space for Penobscot citizens to share stories and cultural knowledge with other tribal members. In addition, it will link the museum collection to the Penobscot Language Revitalization Project. These efforts will result in an inventory that is accurate and consistent with tribal records.
The Oneida Indian Nation will improve the management and long-term care of collections related to its archeological sites. The project team will catalog and digitize more than 5,500 documents, field maps, photographs, and slides of historical and cultural significance to the nation in order to preserve them for future generations. The project will provide nation leadership and members with access to materials that are important to sustaining the Oneida Indian Nation's heritage, culture, and knowledge. Appropriate materials may also be made available to scholars and the general public. This written and photographic documentation is all that exists to explain the provenance of many of the cultural materials that were removed from these archeological sites.
The Muscogee Creek Nation will build on lessons learned in a pilot project to expand a professional development program for Native teachers. The program will center on academic growth and the creation of curriculum focused on Muscogee history, traditions, and culture. Twenty teachers will be recruited to participate in collaborative sessions. The goal is to create 100 lessons to be published and distributed throughout the tribal jurisdiction and made available in an online repository. Participating teachers will test the new lessons and offer feedback to adapt and improve the final versions. Lesson plans will address the lack of Native Studies curriculum in Oklahoma and will align with state educational standards. A partnership with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House Museum will facilitate the creation of field trip guides and lessons surrounding objects in the Council House.
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma will address the need to increase online access to collections and archives of the Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive for the benefit of tribal members, scholars, and the general public. The tribe will appoint a full-time archives technician to work closely with its information technology staff. The tribal archivist will ensure that best practices for digitization projects are followed as the staff imports, uploads, and creates metadata records. With the goal of creating 1,000 records, the project team will prioritize its work on two fragile National Council Books and a large artifact collection, which represents many aspects of Myaamia traditional life such as planting, harvesting, hunting, and playing games. The project will also include creating records for the manuscript collections of stories, pictures, and documents donated by tribal members.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will build on the results of ongoing research to develop an interpretive plan for both interior and exterior exhibits at the Menominee Cultural Museum and Logging Museum. The interpretive plan will reflect the Menominee origin narrative and their known identity as the "People of the Wild Rice." The outdoor exhibit will provide opportunities for seasonal community events, such as processing of wild rice and harvesting maize and other crops. These outdoor activities will help acquaint visitors with the Menominee philosophy of sustainable way of life. Project activities will engage museum staff, consultants, elders, and students in planning and implementing a robust series of traditional activities that supplement and support the exhibit development.
In anticipation of the Plymouth 400th anniversary, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will design and install a new museum exhibit to mark the 1620 landing of the Mayflower in Wampanoag territory. A Wampanoag historian will guide the development of the exhibit and conduct interpreter training to ensure that accurate historical facts are presented to museum visitors. The exhibit will teach visitors about the cultural implications for the tribal community during the first five years of English settlement in the area. A series of instructional audio recordings will support the visitor experience. The exhibit will also include audio recordings for intercom announcements, which will be interspersed with Wampanoag language to achieve a full immersion experience.
In partnership with film makers and strategic storytellers, the Klamath Tribes will produce a documentary video as an educational resource for communities in the Klamath Basin. The film will feature engaging, authentic local people who connect audiences to the history, present challenges, and aspirations of the tribes and their non-tribal neighbors to restore the overall health of Upper Klamath Lake for the benefit of everyone in the region. A short version of the video will be viewable on the tribes' website, and a longer version will serve as a tool to foster community dialogues at a variety of venues. The tribes will leverage their networks with museums, libraries, educational institutions, local government, and community members to build the community dialogues program to foster mutual understanding of the needs and shared goals for a more sustainable path for water management.
The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) will create a mobile science exhibit to support improved academic outcomes in science and math for students from pre-school to eighth grade. With the collaboration of science experts, teachers, students, and cultural practitioners, the project team will identify and design three core exhibits using a culture-based educational approach. The project will link indigenous knowledge and practices with scientific theory, providing hands-on experiences designed to engage youth in STEM learning. The 'Ike Hawai'i Science Center Exhibit will visit rural Native Hawaiian communities on O'ahu and at least one other island. It will be available to public audiences of all ages.
The Hula Preservation Society will document and digitize archival materials from the collection of its late founder, Nona Kapuailohia Beamer, a hula master, composer, author, activist, community leader, and teacher. The project team will review, inventory, catalog, and digitize 955 items and create online public access for 110 items, making them available for research and learning purposes. This will expand access to first-person accounts of history, traditional knowledge, and cultural heritage from the viewpoint of Hawaiians. The complete collection includes thousands of photographs, scrapbooks, published and unpublished teaching materials, stories and scripts, newspapers, hula studio notes and routines from Beamer family teachers, cultural artifacts, costumes, Hawaiian artwork, Native Hawaiians Study Commission materials, audio cassettes, and videotapes. Two native Hawaiian interns will assist with project activities and gain hands-on experience in collections management.
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will address a priority in the community by developing resources to preserve and sustain the Shawnee language. Out of the 3,438 Eastern Shawnee citizens, there are fewer than five elders who are fluent speakers of the Shawnee language. The project will draw on best practices to produce a 500-word Shawnee-English lexicon, including a dictionary and thesaurus, and a Shawnee language website and app. Project staff will learn digitization processes, and the resulting resources will benefit Shawnee tribal citizens nationwide as well as teachers, students, and researchers.
The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will partner with the Humboldt County Office of Education to provide accurate and engaging curriculum about the tribe by producing five themed videos for high school students. The videos will feature a virtual reality experience, viewed through headsets provided to two partner schools for classroom use. The curriculum will be aligned with California Common Core Standards and will meet the need for teaching materials about local tribes. A classroom set of headsets and related materials will also be available for educators throughout the county to borrow for classroom use. The project builds on a successful pilot funded through a 2016 IMLS Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant.
The Malama I Ke Kai project will develop and field test an interpretive Hawaiian education curriculum focusing on the ocean and shorelines of Hawaii. Lessons and materials will be based on traditional sustainability practices and use methodologies that take into consideration variations in student learning styles. Staff will develop and conduct classroom presentations, outdoor learning experiences, community service beach cleanups for students and the community, as well as a workshop and outdoor experience for educators. The curriculum will be tested in collaboration with 40 public school educators, 400 4th grade students, and 75 family/community members. The community members will participate in the class presentations and accompanying outdoor learning experiences. The goal of the project is to provide students with a better understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture and its connection to the environment.
The Wiyot Tribe will create a collection of short everyday conversations in the Wiyot language based on language data that was compiled between 1889 and 1959. To address an increased interest in learning Wiyot, community members will propose conversation topics and vocabulary. Language program staff will search archival data for appropriate Wiyot content. Their findings will be consolidated into a book of 30-50 short conversations in Wiyot with English translations. The project includes commissioning local artists to create illustrations for the book, recording audio to accompany each sentence, and converting the print and audio content into web-based and mobile apps. The products will be free for all 651 enrolled tribal members on and off the Table Bluff Reservation. The book will serve as a foundation for future language classes and support presentations at regional venues.