A Journey to What Matters- Litnaurluni Program: Tengautuli Atkuk “The Flying Parka”

Litnaurluni Program: Tengautuli Atkuk / The Flying Parka Grantee: Calista Education and Culture Inc., Story by Ann Fienup-Riordan Thanks to The CIRI Foundation’s support, Ann Fienup-Riordan, Alice Rearden, and Marie Meade have been working with Calista Education and Culture and the University of Washington Press on a new book, Tengautuli Atkuk/The Flying Parka, to be … Read more

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2022 Nikki Corbett Qaspeq Sewing Workshop in Nome

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership ARTShops 2022 Nikki Corbett in NomeQaspeq Sewing Workshop The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Traditional Yup’ik Fish Skin Hood

Traditional Yup’ik Fish Skin Hood Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story by Ilgavak (Peter Williams) Marlene Nielsen taught her mentee Ilgavak (Peter Williams) how to make a traditional Yup’ik fish skin hood from salmon and halibut skins harvested for food. Ilgavak harvested hemlock bark from fall and winter blown down trees. Rendering the bark into … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Lingit Shame Robe

Lingit Shame Robe Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story by Jennifer Younger & Carol Hughey Jennifer Younger, a contemporary Lingít artist, and Carol Hughey, a classically trained apparel designer, teamed up in the Mentorship program to create a ceremonial shame robe. The robe expresses outrage over the destructive commercial sac-roe herring fishery that violates the … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Parka Project by Bonnie Scheele

Parka Project by Bonnie Scheele Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story by Bonnie Scheele I am the recipient of mentorship funds to learn how to create a parka. Bobby Itta and I applied for the mentorship program through Bunnell Street Art Center. Our project was for Bobby to teach me how to make a traditional … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Baby Chilkat Robe Mentor Apprenticeship, By Sydney Akagi

Baby Chilkat Robe Mentor Apprenticeship Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story and Photos by Sydney Akagi In the fall of 2021 I began weaving a baby Chilkat robe as an apprentice under weaving mentor, Lily Hope. This would be a significant and crucial next step in my journey as a weaver, as it would be … Read more

A Journey To What Matters- Museum Sovereignty Fellowship

A Journey to What Matters Project Grant Museum Sovereignty Fellowship From Patricia Wenstrup, Project Fellow In the fall of 2021 I was a fellow at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. During my fellowship I worked with Dawn Biddison, a museum specialist. One of the most exciting aspects of our work together was learning about how … Read more

Invited Heritage Project Grant: ANCSA-U 2021 Activities

ANCSA-U 2021 Activities Invited Heritage Project Grant with First Alaskans Institute, Story by Amanda Bremner As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of ANCSA on December 18, 2021, First Alaskans Institute honored the dedication of those who fought for what we have today, made sacrifices to protect and advance our self-determination as Native … Read more