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Papahana Kuaola will launch the E Kani Hou (To Resonate Once Again) project to increase knowledge and understanding of Hawaiian traditions and practices related to the ukeke. The ukeke, the Hawaiian musical bow, is the only indigenous Hawaiian stringed instrument, and only a small number of cultural practitioners are familiar with its use and history. The project team will organize classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and community workshops with cultural practitioners for 300 students and 200 community members in low income and underserved communities. A guide to support educators in teaching the art of ukeke will include units on ukeke history and use by the community's ancestors; woods and other natural resources and where they can be found; and designs and instructions for making and stringing, strumming, and compositions.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will design and fabricate the Seventh Fire exhibition in its Cultural Heritage Center to foster increased knowledge of its culture and history among enrolled members and the general public. Following a flood in 2014 that temporarily closed the center, tribal leadership is creating a series of new galleries to tell the story of Potawatomi cultural loss and revival through the seventh generation of its people. The project team will focus on two galleries that will feature vignettes, graphic and didactic panels, interactive and hands-on displays, audio, video, and artifacts from the permanent collection. The center staff will create a measuring tool to distribute to visitors to record pre- and post-content knowledge relating to exhibition content. The center will unveil the exhibition during the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's annual Family Festival at the conclusion of the project.
The Catawba Indian Nation will create a community resource center to consolidate its library collections, archives, and related materials that are currently dispersed in different locations. The new space will support expanded operational hours and improved handicap access. The tribe will hire a library coordinator, purchase supplies and equipment to support the new center, and plan and implement activities for youth and adults in the Catawba community. Activities may include book clubs, library visits, cultural studies, genealogy clubs, and GED programming and tutoring. The project will provide access to learning resources in a single safe location to help share the history and culture of the Catawba Nation to young people and other patrons.
The Sharing History project will transform the largest compilation of Shawnee history into a documented, archivally stored, and publicly accessible archive. Four staff members will enhance their skills by participating in a series of online training courses in collections care, management, and related topics. The project will focus on the collections assembled by historian and Shawnee descendant Randolph Noe, who spent decades compiling more than 4,000 records documenting the Shawnee people from pre-contact through the 20th century. The project team will create an inventory, re-house items in archival materials, transfer approximately two dozen microfilm rolls and various discs to current media, digitize 750 items, and add 550 items to the tribe's online content management system. The project will also include the creation of a collections acquisition plan to guide future collecting for the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center.
The At-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will increase access to tribal history by cataloging and scanning a group of photographic negatives donated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida's newspaper, the Seminole Tribune. Nearly 9,000 negatives will be cataloged, transferred to acid-free paper envelopes, labeled, and scanned by a newly hired cataloging assistant, who will assist staff with the project. The project team will upload the catalog records and images to the museum's online collections website. The project will enhance the museum's ability to fulfill requests for images that connect tribal members to their past.
The Seneca Nation of Indians will foster professional growth for staff members of the Seneca Iroquois National Museum while improving its exhibitions to provide a deeper understanding of Seneca culture and history for its visitors. In support of a new longhouse exhibit, the museum will use its 3D printer and partner with local artists and cultural bearers to create immersive, tactile experiences featuring replica Seneca objects that would have been found in use by ancestors. Museum staff members will participate in a training that will focus on interpretation techniques to more effectively engage with visitors through public tours. Additional training opportunities will focus on creating team cohesion and healthy conflict resolution through the establishment of new workplace norms for the new museum facility.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community will complete the fabrication and installation of a newly designed exhibition in its cultural center, library, and museum. The Voices of the People exhibition will focus on passing Potawatomi values, traditions, and beliefs to the next generation. The exhibition is designed to make connections with all visitors, but hands-on opportunities and immersive media will be prioritized to reach younger visitors. The new design will ensure that the exhibitions are physically and intellectually accessible to a variety of audiences and knowledge levels. The museum will revise its visitor survey to include additional evaluation criteria to measure project outcomes. The exhibition space will also include an interactive visitor feedback area to gather qualitative feedback from visitors.
The Chickaloon Native Village will implement the Nay'dini'aa Na' Kayax Nahwgholnicde project to create a record of indigenous peoples' military contributions and the effects of war service on their lives. A museum specialist will coordinate activities involving re-housing and digitizing a collection of materials that documents the World War II military experience through the eyes of a Chickaloon Native Village tribal citizen. The project team will also record oral history interviews with up to 14 tribal citizens who are veterans of military service, many of whom are elders. The oral histories will be enhanced with photographs, documents, or other materials from each interviewee. The resulting products will be accessible on the tribe's digital archival platform, and the recordings will be included in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, expanding the public's ability to engage with and learn from them.
Wyandotte Nation will create a new website and digital database of primary historical sources associated with the 17th to 20th century Huron/Wyandot experience in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The Nation's cultural center and museum will host the Wyandotte Heritage Digital Archive under the auspices of the Tribal Heritage Department. The project team will assemble digital versions of primary historical resources collected from public and private archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and collections. The project staff will work with a student intern to perform bibliographic referencing, cataloging, and scanning, prior to uploading the digitized files. The project will support the preservation and accessibility of dispersed cultural collections, foster greater understanding of tribal values and traditions, and promote cross-cultural education, while providing access to all tribal members and others nationwide.
The Native Village of Eyak's Ilanka Cultural Center and Museum will purchase a handheld 3D digital scanner to create a virtual reality story for museum visitors to learn about and use tribal artifacts in their traditional manner. Many of the tribe's artifacts have been widely dispersed, making it difficult for members to see and interact with them. A company experienced in 3D scanning and immersive virtual reality simulations will provide the training, which will be open to all tribal members. The museum will produce scans of selected objects collected over the past 15 years. The new exhibition will feature the words and voices of tribal members, particularly elders who can share their stories and historical knowledge. The mobile scanner will offer multiple other benefits for the museum to create 3D printed copies of rare items for use in cultural performances.
The Bishop Museum will increase public knowledge of Hawaiian culture by improving and strengthening its volunteer docent program. The museum will establish the position of docent program coordinator to guide its efforts to recruit and diversify a new corps of docents, enhance visitor engagement, and provide cultural competency training for its current and future volunteers. The museum will also provide professional development opportunities for the new docent coordinator while evaluating the current programming, working with a consultant to develop new tour content and presentation techniques and building a strong communication and sustainability plan for the program.
The San Carlos Apache Clanship and Traditional Apache Food Project will teach and strengthen the knowledge of Apache Clan systems, which play a vital role in the identity of the Apache person. The director of the San Carlos Apache Culture Center Museum will hire a project coordinator to organize pilgrimages to the Apache Clan Homelands to locate and identify traditional foods and plants, which will then be harvested, processed, and prepared for participants to consume. The project will include workshops, a conference, and the production of related videos and other materials. Pre- and post-participation surveys will help to measure the project's success at increasing the capacity of the museum staff and tribal members of all ages to better understand themselves culturally and to rediscover healthy, natural, traditional foods that are available at their traditional clan homelands.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will improve the care and management of the collections housed at its museum and visitors' center by increasing staff capacity, providing access to necessary technological resources, and installing new storage and display equipment. The tribe will improve preservation and access for the collections by implementing an inventory control process; purchasing collections management software, a scanner, and high-density mobile storage cabinets; and modernizing existing display cases. The museum will hire a collections manager who will participate in training to support the work of inventorying, cataloging, and scanning the collection materials.
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will develop cultural programming at its Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center to reinforce the band's tribal identity, contribute to the preservation of its cultural heritage, and educate Natives and non-Natives in the area. An Expressive Culture series will feature speakers who will facilitate demonstrations or discussions on a variety of chosen topics. The presentations will be recorded and preserved as part of the museum's archival collections. The museum will hire a curator/archivist to assist with the coordination of project activities. The curator/archivist and other staff will participate in online genealogy classes and utilize newly acquired software to capture family trees and tribal history from the community to initiate an archive of genealogical histories for the tribe.
Kaw Nation will plan and implement digitization activities to provide for the preservation of tribal artifacts, photographs, and other items of historical significance. The project team will purchase supplies and equipment to support the work, including scanners, a printer, and preservation/storage materials. The project will include the development of a kiosk-based exhibition in the Kanza Museum to serve as a digital learning resource for visitors. The museum intends to work toward developing resources that foster digital literacies for tribal members wishing to access tribal history and learn more about their Native culture and heritage. The project will strengthen the tribe's ability to reach all of its members, regardless of location, giving both members and the community the opportunity to access digital media content displayed through the tribe's website.
The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians will design and install an exhibition to rebuild knowledge of its history and culture among tribal families and youth as well as building greater understanding among local non-Native audiences. The majority of tribal members live in surrounding suburbs and cities with more than half of its population under the age of 25. The exhibition will feature historical photographs, audio files of Southern Pomo language terms, oral histories, works of celebrated basket weavers, reproductions of local newspaper articles, and film footage of more contemporary and controversial events. An accompanying catalog and programming will support the educational goals of the project. The exhibition will target the general public by opening for six months at the nearby Healdsburg Museum. It will then be reformatted for installation in the newly built Tribal Community Services and Cultural Center.
The Hula Preservation Society will provide access to a collection of primary source digital learning resources in partnership with the University of Hawaii system and the Hawaiʻi State Public Library. The society will complete full transcripts of oral history interviews with 25 individual native elders and five elder-based public panel discussions, totaling 150 hours of primary source materials and 7,000 pages of word-for-word dialog. The project will provide access for the first time to oral history resources that exist nowhere else, created over the last 20 years with the goal of sharing the memories, songs, and dances of Kumu Hula and native elders with future generations. The society will make these new digital learning resources widely and freely available online through its website and its partner networks.
The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians will upgrade and improve the care of the historical and archival collections of its Soboba Cultural Center and Research Library. Many of these items need re-housing and proper storage to ensure the long-term preservation of Soboba’s heritage of both Cahuilla and Luiseño culture. The museum will purchase a new collections management system and the project staff will sort, logistically reorganize, inventory, catalog, and digitize 4,500 objects and archival materials. The project will include relocating and re-housing the materials and making portions of these collections available for viewing by the public through an online catalog. The project is designed to make the collections more accessible to staff, the tribal community, and the general public to help provide cultural understanding and appreciation of the roles and contributions of the Soboba people to the Southern California region.
Koniag, Inc. will partner with the Alutiiq Museum to enhance and preserve 22 seasons of the Alutiiq Word of the Week programs. Airing weekly on public radio, each broadcast features an elder saying a word and sentence in Alutiiq followed by a short cultural lesson. The project team will engage with elders to complete 52 new lessons. Alutiiq museum staff will record audio, write text, and create graphics to accompany these new lessons, and provide missing graphic and audio components to older lessons produced before the program became fully digital. The museum will assemble a complete program archive that will be linked to the museum's collections database and website to provide broad public access. The project team will train a new program manager to support future lesson delivery.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan will develop plans for a traveling quillwork exhibition and an accompanying catalog to expand public access to traditional Native American arts. The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways will work in conjunction with the Michigan State University Museum, Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, and others to develop the catalog and exhibition of historic and contemporary examples of quillwork produced by Great Lakes regional Native Americans. A field researcher will harvest photos of quillwork pieces in public and private collections and revitalize interest in quillworking through a multigenerational approach to planning that will include artists, elders, and youth. The resulting plan will allow partners to determine needed resources to host the traveling exhibition at their museums.
The Crow Tribe will launch a strategic planning initiative to guide the development of a cultural center on the campus of Little Big Horn College. A master planner and an architect will lead the process, and each stage will involve students, faculty and staff, Crow community members, and other interested parties through surveys and community meetings. Beyond stakeholders' input, rotating members of the planning committee will visit four cultural centers to see first-hand how other indigenous communities have developed their cultural centers. The work team will use the accumulated data to guide the production of a strategic plan and the final concept plan. The cultural center will serve as an access point along with the tribal library and archives to perpetuate Crow culture and history through rotating displays and cultural activities on a regular basis.