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The Necessity of Access to Sacred Objects – Storage vs Stewardship Webinar

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom

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  • If you are an employee or volunteer at an Alaska Museum, you are eligible for free registration.
  • Registration for those who are not an employee or volunteer of an Alaska cultural organization.

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Why do we store these items? Who are they for? Who owns them? Who benefits from our stewardship?   

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit, is working with Museums Alaska to host a cohort of museum professionals committed to reimagining and fostering meaningful relationships with Alaska’s Tribes and Indigenous peoples. FAI will host a series of interactive dialogues customized for museum professionals through methods that are grounded in Indigenous values and ways of knowing, incorporating social technologies to host provocative dialogues that advance the needs of Indigenous peoples and partners statewide. Participants will learn how to have respectful and meaningful conversations about racism, equity, stewardship, and other challenging topics that continually arise in the field. 

The Program’s goal is to transform institutions that are uniquely positioned to protect culturally significant artifacts and share about the lives of Alaska Native people, past and present. Discussion topics will include repatriation, Tribal sovereignty, and access to ancestral knowledge and objects. We invite you to engage in this unique opportunity as we challenge assumptions and the ways they impact the museum institutions, our patrons and Indigenous peoples.  

There are two ways to participate: engaging fully as a cohort participant, or as a webinar-only attendee.

If you wish to sign up for the full cohort, including the trainings, webinar, discussions, and readings (more information under EVENTS > COHORT in our website menu), please email Dixie Clough, director of Museums Alaska with the names, email addresses, and titles of the two people from your organization who will be participating in the program. She will sign you up for all trainings, webinars, and discussions.

If you are not able to participate in the cohort, you may still attend the webinars. Webinars will be held every Tuesday, starting July 26th, for six weeks. The webinars will be free to the entire Alaska museum and cultural organization community—including volunteers and board members.

Webinars will be made available on the Museums Alaska YouTube channel and the First Alaskans Institute YouTube Channel.

UPCOMING WEBINARS:

Aug 30 • 9am-12pm Webinar

Repatriation and the Treatment of Ancestors

Are Indigenous people free to practice the spiritual care of the items in our collections? What keeps us from repatriation and ceremonial use?  

Sep 6 • 9am-12pm Webinar 

Decolonizing Museums

Are our museums safe and welcoming for Native people to visit, or work in? How do we make space for those honest conversations? How do we intentionally create inclusive and safe environments?

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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