Alaska Native Knowledge Grant Includes Dauenhauer Film Project
UAS has collaborated with the Alaska Humanities Forum, Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, Kathy Ruddy (in memory of Bill Ruddy), and the Rasmuson Foundation to bring in $38,000 for a three-phase project to create central spaces for Alaska Native Languages & Alaska Native Knowledge on the Juneau campus and a film project documenting the lives of the late Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, who drove language revitalization, civil rights, and equal education efforts in Southeast Alaska. In 2014, X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, applied for funding through the Alaska Humanities Forum to make the film. The recent Rasmuson grant completes the funding. The film project reflects upon the Dauehauer’s impact on the arts, education, and Alaska Native communities within Alaska. The film includes biography, history, poetry, Tlingit music, Tlingit language, and the landscape and politics of Alaska. Richard and Nora tell stories of their life and work, and share their personal archives. The final product is a “living history” that will be screened at an Alaska Native Film Series. An initial cut of the film premiers at the final Evening at Egan of the 2015 series, Friday, November 20, 7 p.m. at the Juneau campus Egan Library.