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PW-264240-19

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)
Angela Linn (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Indigenous Watercraft Workshops Project

A planning project to convene two three-day workshops for museum professionals and community members in order to ensure the preservation of an Indigenous watercraft collection comprising 16 Alaska Native handmade boats, 97 model boats, and 100 accessories, such as paddles, sleds, and specialized tools.

The ethnology & history department at the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) seeks $60,000 in funding from the NEH HCRR Foundations grant program to host two workshops focusing on our Indigenous watercraft at the museum in Fairbanks, Alaska. The workshops will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including Alaska Native cultural experts, academic researchers, objects conservators, museum professionals, local craftspeople, and students in order to plan for a future IMLS HCRR implementation grant. With this wide range of perspectives, we will collaborate to identify the priorities in caring for and sharing the important Indigenous watercraft collection at the UAMN. Using the physical objects as the focus of our discussions, project participants will spend three days each year, for two years, examining and discussing the watercraft and their future physical needs, as well as possible research and community-based projects that could be undertaken using these items.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$57,768 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021