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PF-272017-20

Bishop Paiute Tribe (Bishop, CA 93514-8058)
Tara Frank (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Improving Environmental Conditions to Preserve Collections

A planning project to improve environmental conditions for the storage and exhibit spaces of the tribe’s cultural center, which holds 4,500 archaeological and ethnographic artifacts and approximately 3,000 historical documents representing the cultural heritage and lifeways of the Paiute and Shoshone people. A team of consultants would work with the applicant to evaluate current collections policies and the climate control system, identify lighting and energy efficiencies, and establish an environmental monitoring program.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe owns and maintains the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, the only tribally owned, curated, managed, and operated museum and cultural center in the Owens Valley of CA and its environs. With this project, the Tribe will improve collection policies and procedures; access and survey environmental conditions of the facility, conduct an energy audit and explore energy efficiency for the collection climate systems; and reevaluate and determine better environmental parameters to develop better conservation plans for the Cultural Center facility and collections. These activities will preserve and revitalize unique historic and pre-historic materials that represent the culture, heritage, and history of the Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone people.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$49,455 (approved)
$49,455 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022