Grant to fund study of migration of clans

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2005

JUNEAU (AP) — The migration of eight Southeast Alaska clans will be documented through a federally funded project planned by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

A $40,000 grant from the National Park Service will pay for collecting clan songs, dances and oral histories from elders and other clan members.

The institute will record the information, transcribe it in Tlingit and translate and transcribe it in English. The materials will be archived and available to Native groups, scholars, archaeologists and historians.

There is a danger these songs and lyrics, which tell the story of Native migration to the Americas, will be lost without such an effort, said institute president Rosita Worl.

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