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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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    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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A Journey to What Matters Project Grant- Culture in the Classrooms

Project: Culture in the Classrooms
Grantee: Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Written by: Marilynn Woods, Cultural Coordinator

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We had Dustin Newman and Tatiana Petticrew share with our students the items that they made for our classrooms, Dustin made bentwood visors and Tatiana made Unangax regalia. The students were able to touch all the items and learned a little history about each. Dustin made the visors match each classroom animal and Tatiana made a girl and boy regalia item for each class.

 

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A Journey to What Matters Project Grant- Twining Cedar

Project: Twining Cedar- Restoring the Art and Cultural Practice of Tsimshian Bark Basketry
Grantee: Anchorage Museum Association in partnership with the Haayk Foundation
Photos by: Wayde Carroll

Girl with Cedar

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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Material Traditions: Cedar Residency

Project: Material Traditions: Gut, Ivory, and Cedar
Grantee: Anchorage Museum Association
Written by: Marian Kaminitz

As a conservator from the National Museum of the American Indian – one of the loaning institutions to the Anchorage Museum’s Arctic Studies Center – I was invited to observe and participate in the Voices from Cedar residency with guest carvers John Hudson, Donald Varnell and Norman Jackson.

I learned so much listening to the carvers talk about their work, watching them carve new pieces, observing them teach students how to carve with adzes, chisels and curved knives, and from discussing the museum objects on view. I was literally able to sit aside Norm Jackson and watch him as he determined what cut to make next in mapping out the process of making a carved rattle. The skills and thought processes as well as presence of mind during carving were key to making the right cutting strokes.

I am grateful for this opportunity.mt-vcedar-mk-nj-anc-2015-wc

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    A Journey to What Matters Project Grant- Angyaaq Construction at Akhiok Kids Camp

A Journey to What Matters Project Grant- Angyaaq Construction at Akhiok Kids Camp

Project: Angyaaq Construction at Akhiok Kids Camp
Grantee: Native Village of Akhiok
Photos by: Sven Haakanson 

Photos are taken at Cape Alitak partway through the grant. (more…)

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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Alaska Yuut Arts- Dolls Workshop

Project: Alaska Yuut Arts and Crafts E-Commerce Project
Grantee: Association of Village Council Presidents (ACVP)
Written by: Eva Malvich, Director/Curator Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center

For many generations, little Yup’ik girls were provided with ‘cloth’ dolls – entire families consisting of dad, mom, big brother, big sister and baby, a traditional teaching method targeted at young girls in order for the females to learn how to raise a family. Most recently, with the advent of western lifestyles and the cash economy, those same little girls grew up making bigger, more elaborate dolls to sell for cash.

When you think of it, Yup’ik dolls (and any home-made doll for that matter) are a great way to use up precious scraps of fur and cloth, hide and trim. Most often, the same doll maker, is also adept at making fur parkas, mukluks or qaspeks, and has a nice tidy supply of scraps at hand. (more…)

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A Journey To What Matters Project Grant- Alaska Native Art Classes

Project: Alaska Native Art Classes
Grantee: Qutekcak Native Tribe
Written by: Mariah Johnson, Program Coordinator, Qutekcak Native Tribe

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The Qutekcak Native Tribe received funds from The CIRI Foundation through a “Journey To What Matters” project grant. The tribe used the funds to hold weekly traditional art classes attended by tribal and community members of all ages. Students carved war paddles from spruce, made authentic shrimp pots from willow branches, sewed traditional Alaskan kuspuks and made Ulu knives from gathered wood and shale. These classes were taught by Alaska Native Artists and have been a huge asset to the tribe and the community. We owe their success to the generous support of organizations like The CIRI Foundation.

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