The Alaska Humanities Forum has announced the recipients of its 2015 General Grants. The annual grants support projects in the humanities throughout the state of Alaska.
The forum awarded a total of $98,069 to 16 different projects. Below is a list of the 2015 grant projects in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the project director or sponsoring organization and the grant amount.
2015 Alaska Humanities Forum General Grant Awardees
A Better World for All: Movers and Shakers in the Early Jewish Communities of Alaska, Alaska Jewish Museum - $7,000
An exhibit telling the stories of five Jewish individuals instrumental in establishing Alaska’s commercial, social, cultural and political structures: Zachary Loussac, Leopold David, David Green, Jacob Gottstein, and Ike Koslosky.
Attla: The Making of a Champion, Catharine Axley - $2,000
A new documentary film centered around the relationship between Attla and a 20-year-old Alaska Native Huslian whom he trained to compete in the 2015 Iditarod.
I am Inuit: A project to highlight the human dimension of the Arctic, Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska - $5,000
A book documenting Inuit life, culture and society in sixteen villages through the use of photos and short stories.
Kanatak Documentary Film, Anna Hoover - $8,000
Film documentation of the last remaining descendants of a once thriving hub that no longer exists.
Kotzebue Communities of Memory Project Jukebox, University of Alaska Fairbanks - $9,995
Oral histories from Kotzebue and area residents who served their country in various global conflicts including the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Living with Loss: Dialogues for Community and the End of Isolation in Sitka, AK, Braveheart Volunteers - $4,500
A 6-dialogue series and public exhibit that invites community members, young people, and elders to discuss isolation, loss, and grief in Sitka.
Northern Voices on Homelessness, University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Anthropology - $2,434
A public discussion on current and future solutions to homelessness in the North.
Oral History of the Bench and Bar, Alaska Bar Association History Committee - $4,400
Oral histories of Alaska’s judges and prominent lawyers.
Our Sustenance Life, LaRece Egli - $6,400
A multimedia website exploring the rich social connections and environmental factors that fuel food and subsistence culture in Bristol Bay.
Poems in Place, Alaska Center for the Book - $5,000
Public poem installations in state parks in Seward and Kodiak.
Resurgence: Alaska Native Drum Traditions-A Special Documentary Presentation of Earthsongs, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation - $3,500
A documentary radio program highlighting Alaska Native drumming traditions, particularly Iñupiaq drumming.
Supporting and Sharing Youth Stories, Story Works Alaska - $9,500
Free online storytelling curriculum for middle and high school students and a multi-school storytelling event in the style of Arctic Entries.
Talkeetna Community Questing, Northern Susitna Institute - $2,000
The creation of curated “questing” experiences that provide a hands-on connection with Talkeetna’s natural and cultural heritage.
The Lives of Our Elders, Southwest Region Schools - $10,000
Oral histories of New Stuyahok elders for use in the Yup’ik studies curriculum.
The People's Tree, Alaska Geographic - $8,740
As part of the Capitol Christmas Tree 2015, Alaskans statewide will make ornaments exploring and expressing their connection to landscape and cultural heritage.
Yup’ik Storyknife Tales, Agnes Lewis David - $9,600
The compilation and publication of several traditional oral Yup’ik tales illustrated by story knife symbols.