“Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” a Native American Museum Services Grant to the Sealaska Heritage Institute, brings interactive stories of the past into the present.
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Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services
View the FY 2021 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program information session to learn more about the program.
Learn basic information to decide which IMLS museum funding program may fit your project idea and institution.
Museums across the U.S. have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants.
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants strengthen and sustain native heritage and culture.
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 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.
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 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 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.