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v. / lɪt nawɒ luːni / Sugt’stun

to study
To encourage the maintenance and revitalization of customary Alaska Native artistic expressions and technologies, the Litnaurluni program provides funding support for in-depth arts projects that transmit Alaska Native arts practices across generations. Because customary arts practices often require a deep engagement with materials, a strong understanding of design elements and the procurement of technical skills that can take years to perfect, the Litnaurluni program offers grant funding for projects that span eighteen months.

The CIRI Foundation seeks project partners who are deeply committed to strengthening connections between Alaska Native art and culture through meaningful community-based arts activity. Examples of projects that may be supported through the Litnaurluni program include, but are not limited to: totem pole carving, grass basketry, boat building, regalia making and other tangible arts rooted in Alaska Native culture.

Litnaurluni project proposals are accepted by invitation only. Selected partner communities will have access to project evaluation support, documentation support (photography and storytelling training), and museum research opportunities. The first Litnaurluni grant awards will be announced in January 2020.

Please contact The CIRI Foundation for more information.

Photographs courtesy of Bethany Goodrich, Sustainable Southeast Partnership.