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Kawerak, Inc. (Nome, AK 99762)
Amy Jennifer Katmai Russell (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Purchase Materials to Preserve Alaska Native Collections of the Bering Strait

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to improve the care of a collection of more than 150 ethnographic objects representing three distinct aboriginal populations from Alaska's Bering Strait region. Highlights include a rare clay basket, ceremonial masks and figures, garments, tools for hunting and cooking, and traditional fishing equipment. Items from the collection have been used in school programs and traveling exhibitions.

The Beringia Center of Culture and Science, managed by a non-profit consortium of 20 tribes, seeks funding to purchase preservation and rehousing supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to help preserve our ethnographic collections, which include Alaska Native artifacts, art and cultural materials of the Inupiat, Yupik, and Saint Lawrence Island peoples of the Bering Strait. Some of our collection dates back 1800 years, to the time of the development of Western civilizations, and is valuable for archaeological and climate change research. The greatest importance of our collection is its potential for educational programs to share and celebrate the unique traditional knowledge and cultural history of this region, support tribes in passing knowledge on to their youth, and assist the preservation of the living cultures of this region.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$2,981 (approved)
$2,981 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015