WASHINGTON – In villages beside Neah Bay, Makah artisans pass on the tradition of basketry, carving, and jewelry-marking to younger generations, celebrating cultural heritage dating back more than 600 years. Today, the National Park Service awarded $532,145 in Tribal Heritage Grants to 14 American Indian and Native Alaskan organizations, including the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Washington state, to support the preservation of America's native cultures.
“Whether it’s tracing human history on the landscape, capturing the stories of elders, building traditional structures, or teaching youth the skills of the past, these programs not only preserve the cultural heritage of native peoples, but build community, pride, and appreciation,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Since its establishment 25 years ago, the Historic Preservation Fund has been used to award more than 600 Tribal Heritage Grants to American Indian tribes, Alaskan native groups, and Native Hawaiians for cultural preservation. Tribal communities use the grants to document languages, dances, and traditional arts; conduct surveys of historical and archeological sites; preserve historic properties; and fund education and training for participants of historic preservation programs.
The Historic Preservation Fund is derived by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf and catalyzes private and non-federal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide. The National Park Service administers the fund and distributes annual grants to state, tribal, and local historic preservation officers from money made available from the fund in Congressional appropriations.
More information about the Tribal Heritage Grants can be found online at www.nps.gov/thpo/tribal-heritage/index.html.
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