Participating in the Indigefi “Native Artist” podcast

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Participating in the Indigefi “Native Artist” podcast Story by Chloey Tláakw Sháa Cavanaugh Participating in the Indigefi “Native Artist” podcast has been one of the most impactful experiences I’ve had being interviewed. It’s difficult to express in words the profound impact this platform has had on my sense of community and connection. The podcast, hosted … Read more

Storyknife Writers

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An Alaska Native Art Writing Initiative Project funded through A Journey to What Matters Storyknife Writers Retreat Story & Photo By Tanya Lukin Linklater In October, 2023 I attended a two-week writing residency at Storyknife. This residency was made possible through the generous support of the Alaska Native Art and Culture Writing Fellowship sponsored by … Read more

Walrus Stomach Processing Workshop

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A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Partnership with the Alaska State Museum Walrus Stomach Processing Workshop Eugene Tiulana, a skilled practitioner, leads a workshop on the traditional art of walrus stomach processing at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, as his wife, Esther Koezuna, captures the event on her phone. Photo … Read more

Yaaw Koo.eex’ Cedar Weaving & Robe Making

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A Journey to What Matters Invitational Grant Yaaw Koo.eex’ Cedar Weaving & Robe Making Native Movement – Fiscal Sponsor for Herring Protectors Story by Chandler O’Connell Robe Making Photo by Rose Demmert Cedar Rose Making Juneau_photo by Kaa Yahaayi Shkalneegi Muriel Reid Our purpose for this project was to support the intergenerational transfer of knowledge … Read more

JWM: Celebrating Traditional Grass Weaving

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A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Traditional Grass Weaving Recent grass harvest. Photo courtesy of Kelly Lincoln. Recently harvested grass. Photo courtesy of Kelly Lincoln. Haliehana Stepetin shows a basketry start. Photo by Rochelle Smallwood. The CIRI Foundation is excited to announce our latest endeavor within the “A Journey to … Read more

KHM: Healing Through Educational Programs

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A Journey to What Matters Invitational Grant Healing Through Educational Programs Grantee: Kodiak Historical Society Story by Lynn Walker During September 2023, the Kodiak History Museum organized three artist workshops with a public Q & A session. The three artists are all local Kodiak Alutiiq/Sugpiaq artists in varying stages of their careers. Mariah Stapleton facilitated … Read more

SWAAG Cultural Arts Classes

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A Journey to What Matters Project SWAAG Cultural Arts Classes Story by Laura Ellsworth The SouthWest Alaska Arts Group was honored to have hosted a series of four Indigenous arts workshops in Bethel funded by The CIRI Foundation. Our region is full of practicing artists with artforms learned from generations past. SWAAG is so lucky to be able … Read more

Homer, Alaska Native Arts Workshops

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A Journey to What Matters Project Homer, Alaska Native Arts Workshops Story by Scott Bartlett Between January and August 2023, Homer Council on the Arts presented a series of workshops with two amazing artists through The CIRI Foundation’s “Journey to What Matters” program. June Pardue and Nikki Corbett shared not only their artistic skills, but … Read more

Museums Alaska – Visiting the Alaska State Museum

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An Alaska Native Cultural Heritage and Artistic Sovereignty in Museums Project funded through A Journey to What Matters Museums Alaska-Visiting the Alaska State Museum Story & Photo by Raktenga Elaine Kingeekuk It was great to visit the Alaska State Museum in Juneau this June and July. While there, I was able to visit the exhibition Visceral: … Read more