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Sealaska Heritage Foundation (Juneau, AK 99801-1245)
Charles W. Smythe (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

At.owu and Art: Fifty Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Treasures

Planning of a traveling exhibition of art from the Alaska Native tribes of the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Tsimshian.

"At.owu and Art: Fifty Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Treasures" will be a multi-faceted planning project for an exhibition of fifty historic works of cultural heritage created by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska, and the exploration of the cultural meaning behind these treasures. These works currently reside in museums worldwide; they will return for a limited time to their original homeland for exhibition and reconnection with the descendants of the Native people who made them. Native artists will be able to study these treasures and produce new works inspired by them. The public will be introduced to the aesthetic achievements of indigenous artists and Native societies and the cultural meaning and historical significance behind the objects. The central outcome of this project will be an exhibit plan for a 6 month, 1950 sq ft exhibit in Juneau, Alaska, hosted by Sealaska Heritage Institute, to open in May 2017, which will then travel to two other museums.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2018