Juneau, AK (KINY) - The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced that they have been awarded $66,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants program.
This funding will be used to complete a storage assessment and improve the care of objects of cultural importance, sacred objects, and funerary objects. One way they plan to do this is by purchasing museum quality storage units. Objects will eventually be stored or will be on public display at the Tlingit & Haida's Edward K Thomas building that's located at 9097 Glacier Highway in Juneau.
“The repatriation work of Tlingit & Haida is vital to the survival of our cultures,” said President Richard (Chalyee Éesh) Peterson. “As we continue to see more and more objects come home, it is especially important that we increase our infrastructure to caretake the items for clans and owners. With this project, we want to be very clear that the items will only be on display with approvals in place from clans and owners.”
Tlingit & Haida’s Cultural Heritage & Education department will administer the grant funds that will also be used to evaluate and create repatriation policies in line with the traditional tribal values.
“This grant award will allow us to take measures to ensure that Tlingit & Haida is fulfilling its role on behalf of clans and communities to be the steward of repatriated items with our cultural values as the foundation of our work,” said Cultural Heritage & Education Manager Sarah Dybdahl.”