See Stories has been working this past year on this short film about the enslavement of Indigenous people on land now known as the United States with Howdice Brown III of Channel Films, Alice Qannik Glenn of Coffee and Quaq, and project maestro Kate Shuster. This film is a Teaching Tolerance production, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The beautiful artwork for this poster was created by talented Yup'ik artist Amber Webb. You can now watch the film here. We are grateful to the Alutiiq Museum for supporting us with the powerful song Ukut Skunat in the intro. We are also humbled to have been able to interview an amazing crew of scholars and culture bearers in the creation of this film; Paula Peters, Tiya Miles, Sven Haakanson, Margaret Newell, Andrés Reséndez, and Ned Blackhawk. Everything about this process, from learning this painful history, to figuring out how we would share it, to wondering where this film would land in the world, has been deeply humbling. Please join us for a filmmakers Q and A on Wednesday October 7th at 12:30 AK time. You will have to pre-register here. As Alice Qannik Glenn says, "In order to move forward... we should acknowledge the truth."
See Stories was awarded a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Grant in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum and the UAA Professional and Continuing Education Program. This funding will support a virtual teacher training for social studies educators from throughout Alaska to learn about how they can support their students to submit documentary films to Alaska History Day, which is the social studies equivalent to the science fair. The graduate level course for teachers will be held online, and teachers from throughout Alaska are encouraged to apply (teacher application to be released in August). The funding is dispersed through the TPS at MSU Denver Program.
Participating educators will learn how they can utilize Alaskan primary sources, in particular sources from Library of Congress online collections, to support their students to create films that document uniquely Alaskan stories. While See Stories and Alaska Humanities Forum staff members will facilitate the course, a handful of guest educators will help shape the project. Leah Geibel, Archivist at the Alaska State Archives, will serve as project advisor and support teachers to build archival resources for their students. Jim Labelle Sr., an Iñupiaq elder from Nome and retired UAA Professor of Alaska Native Studies, will share his personal story of utilizing archival research and primary sources to explore the records of his childhood boarding school experience to process his trauma. Dr. Ian Hartmann, Professor of History at UAA, will engage teachers in both how to utilize Library of Congress Primary Sources as well as other archival resources in Alaska. Gabrielle Dudley, Instruction Archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University will lead a session on how to effectively shape a student's first encounter with a primary source, and she will also serve as project advisor.
If you are an Alaskan 7th - 12th grade teacher interested in this fully funded professional development opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "TPS Grant Inquiry" in the subject line to receive more information as well as the application in August.