SHI digitizes, posts online collection of radio recordings

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute has digitized and posted online a collection of radio recordings.

    The collection includes interviews with Native people across Southeast Alaska that date back nearly four decades.

    Additionally, it includes hundreds of recordings made for the award-winning public radio program Southeast Native Radio, which was broadcast by KTOO in Juneau from 1985 to 2001. The recordings document Native history and action taken by Native Elders, leaders and other people.

    To browse the collection, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to the light blue box. Click on the down arrows to reveal the contents of each section and click on an item. In the grey box at the top of each page, click on the link under “related media” to listen to recordings.

    “The collection is remarkable, as it offers so many interviews with people on topics of importance to Native people and the public at large. The recordings have research value but also sentimental value, as many of the people featured have since passed away,” said SHI President Rosita Worl.

    The collection includes an interview with Native civil rights leader Roy Peratrovich a year before he died; Interviews with Dr. Walter Soboleff and Nora Dauenhauer on Tlingit oratory; An interview with master weaver Selena Petratrovich on Haida basket weaving; An interview with Haida elder Woody Morrison on his traditional Haida upbringing; An interview with Native leader Jon Borbridge on the early days of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act; Interviews with executives from Native corporations and Native organizations, including the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood; Interviews on the history of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament; A discussion on the battle of Sitka in 1804 with Andy Hope and Dick and Nora Dauenhauer; An interview with Haida elder Esther Nix on her belief in traditional food and medicine; and an interview with Louise Barton Dangeli on her life as a Tsimshian woman.

    The project was supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections or Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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