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Elk Valley Rancheria, California (Crescent City, CA 95531-9238)
Crista Stewart (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Elk Valley Rancheria, California Preservation Assessment and On-site Workshop

Hiring a consultant to do a general preservation assessment and training for the staff of the Elk Valley Rancheria Library and Museum to preserve a collection of over 100 ethnographic items, a small collection of archaeological artifacts, and 34 linear feet of archival material.  Highlights of this northern California tribe’s collections include a ceremonial jump dance basket, shell and bead necklaces, carved antler items, and a hand-carved redwood canoe; and a significant archival collection consisting of maps, letters, and photos.  The museum and library are open to the public, and the collections are used by college students and researchers and by the tribe for ceremonies.  Training would provide staff with skills to care for their tribal heritage.

The Elk Valley Rancheria Tribal Museum and Library, located on the reservation near Crescent City, California, is home to a beautiful collection that includes items such as basketry, regalia, canoes, cradleboards, artwork, books and historical maps that each hold cultural and/or religious significance to the Tribe. This project has been designed to enhance current collections care and preservation techniques through the use of a consultant. Mr. Thomas Fuller, a preservation specialist who holds unique experience in preserving Native American collections, will be contracted to visit the museum, tour the collections, and interview staff. Based upon his findings, Mr. Fuller will then develop an assessment report that will guide the Tribe in determining future preservation priorities and strategies. Furthermore, Mr. Fuller will provide on-site workshops for Tribal staff on preservation and storage techniques.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Native American Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016