Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to purchase new media and publications equipment.
The $15,000 award will allow SHI to buy items such as camera batteries, a still camera, camera bags, external hard drives, a microphone, a computer, a public address system, and software upgrades to supplement its existing system.
The award will allow SHI to expand and strengthen its abilities to document Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian history, cultures and languages, said SHI President Rosita Worl.
“As we lose our most knowledgeable and fluent elders, we’re so thankful to know that we have a recording facility here that has allowed us document many, many hours of Native people telling clan stories and histories and speaking in their Native languages,” Worl said.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. For more information, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org;