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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- First Light at Mt. Edgecumbe

Project: First Light at Mount Edgecumbe
Grantee: First Light Alaska
Story and Photo by: Loulare Moore

It was an honor and a pleasure for me to participate in the Mount Edgecumbe classes this spring. Not only was I allowed to share some of what I have within me, I gained a broad respect for the students pursuing their education so far away from home. Along with their education, they are acquiring new skills as part of a healthy start for a good life.

I had a chance to experience interacting with some of the younger generation and it stirred up my own youth. I allowed myself to be one of them as they allowed themselves to be open to part of my life.

I believe what those involved, including the Superintendent, faculty, staff and students gained, was a lasting feeling of wellness. Many of the cultural activities that I have involved myself in and with produce good fruits of wellness. If I was given the chance to do the same thing again, I would gladly do it without hesitation. I am thankful for an opportunity like this to be part of something so good. It is actually very awesome.

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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Ilanka Cultural Arts

Project: Ilanka Cultural Arts
Grantee: Native Village of Eyak
Story and Photo by: Brooke Johnson

Our village was able to receive a grant from The CIRI Foundation in 2016 to study our local masks and work on making our own stained glass mask, a medium that was new to almost all of us. This was a project that we could not afford to do on our own, and was something the entire community was able to enjoy when they visited our Ilanka Cultural Center for over a month after the masks were completed.

Thank you to The CIRI Foundation!

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Denise Tuttle- TCF Recipient

Story by: Denise Tuttle (2017)

“Going Back to School”

Although I teach full-time and have periodically taken educational classes, a Master’s Degree seemed unreachable for me. I wondered if I could manage as a full-time teacher, a mom, a wife and a part-time graduate student at the same time, let alone re-enter graduate school 27 years after earning my Bachelors of Science degree.

The CIRI foundation has allowed me to begin my graduate program. Without your funding, this would be an impossible dream.

My husband has been an amazing support by editing my papers and cooking dinner when assignments became more intense. I have completed two classes and am excited to continue my program in the fall, should I receive continued financial support.

Thank you TCF!!!

Your financial support is making a difference!

Sincerely,
Denise Tuttle

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Vanessa Standard- TCF Recipient

Story and Photo by: Vanessa Standard (2017)

Dear TCF-

Thank you so much for the generous vocational grant that you awarded me. I was able to graduate with my yoga teacher training certification. I am now working with others – teaching them the healing science of yoga. Many people’s lives are improving because of my education. I am so grateful for CIRI Foundation. Without you guys I don’t know where I would be or how I would have been able to participate in this training.

THANK YOU!!!!

I thank you a million times over and over and over again! Thank you for doing such good work! Thank you for positive being role models in my life. I sincerely appreciate your kindness, care and concern for our CIRI community (and the community at large). I am feeling blessed because of you, The CIRI Foundation!

With much love and gratitude – Vanessa Standard

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    Heritage Project Grant- Radio Series on “50 Years: Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at the 2016 AFN Convention Photos

Heritage Project Grant- Radio Series on “50 Years: Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at the 2016 AFN Convention Photos

Project: Radio Series on “50 Years: Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at the 2016 AFN Convention
Grantee: Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
Photos by: Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

These images show the AFN broadcasts and the “Youth Media Makers” sessions from the Elders and Youth Conference.

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Heritage Project Grant- Radio Series on “50 Years: Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at the 2016 AFN Convention

Project: Radio Series on “50 Years: Reflect, Refresh, Renew” at the 2016 AFN Convention
Grantee: Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
Story by: Joel de Jesus

I had the opportunity to participate in a Koahnic Broadcast Corporation project that was funded by a Heritage Project Grant from The CIRI Foundation. We attended the 2016 Alaska Federation of Natives event in Fairbanks, AK. I helped, along with several other people, teach our future generation the art of making sound modules that consisted of audio they captured throughout the Elders and Youth portion of AFN. (more…)

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Ashlee Rowland- TCF Recipient “Now I am Certified!”

Story and Photo by: Ashlee Rowland (2017)

As of October I graduated from my vigorous 800 hour nutrition certification program. I learned so much during the program and would now love to get plugged into the native community or just the Alaskan community in general. I am now equipped to provide nutrition counseling, health talks, meal plans, supplements and much more. This was all possible because of The CIRI Foundation. I am beyond blessed and forever thankful for all of your hard work.

Thank you so much.
In health,

Ashlee, N.C.

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Christian Kamkoff- TCF Recipient

Story and Photo by: Christian Kamkoff

The cultural support of American Indians and Alaskan Natives is incredibly important to the community. A critical component of this support comes through cultural preservation. Equally significant, however, is the continued growth of Native American culture. It is important to show the world that Indigenous culture is not simply a historical culture, but a vibrant, living culture as well. I have met individuals, both from the United States and abroad, that were surprised to learn that American Indians are not a bygone ethnicity. I believe that the low percentage of American Indians and Alaskan Natives who graduate college compounds with the fact that fine and performing arts are the smallest category of degrees received, resulting in an incredibly small number of Native Americans in the arts—especially in literature. The success of American Indians in any field, but particularly in the arts, reminds the world that we are still here, we are thriving, and we have a beautiful, creative culture that enriches humanity. It is my hope to contribute as an author to the voice of this culture. By giving me the tools to improve and become a successful writer, my education will help me make an impact as an artist of Native heritage. (more…)

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    A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Traditional Alutiiq Skin Sewing and Beading Education

A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Traditional Alutiiq Skin Sewing and Beading Education

Project: Traditional Alutiiq Skin Sewing and Beading Education (2015)
Grantee: Native Village of Afognak
Story and Photos by: Nina Gronn

The Native Village of Afognak (NVA) was awarded A Journey To What Matters grant from the CIRI Foundation. NVA used the funding at our Dig Afognak Youth camps for two separate traditional Alutiiq art projects.

Our first project was completed at our Traditional Harvesting and Adventure Earth camp, where the youth created fur pouches that replicated the traditional Alutiiq pouches that our ancestors used. The second project was completed at our Cauyaq (“Music” / Language) Camp, where the youth created Alutiiq head bands. The head bands were used as regalia for their Alutiiq dancing performance at the end of the 6-day long camp.

Both projects were taught by both lecture and hands on learning from a master skin sewer.

Quyanaa!

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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Ancient Alutiiq Cell Phones Arts Shop 2016

Project: Ancient Alutiiq Cell Phones Arts Shop 2016
Grantee:
Photos by: Anna Lisa Nelson


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