Alaska receives money to repatriate Native artifacts

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly $400,000 in grants will be divided among 38 projects in Alaska, many of them to help with the repatriation of Native artifacts.

The National Park Service projects include the repatriation of the Teikweidi totem pole removed from the old Cape Fox Village by the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899. The totem pole currently is on exhibit at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in Cambridge, Mass.

Grants also will go to the Aleutian/Pribolof Islands Association to help repatriate Aleut cultural material.

Kake will receive money to prioritize items that could be repatriated. And the University of Alaska Museum will get a grant to consult with Mekoryuk representatives about a repatriation plan.

Five Yukon River villages also will get money to collect oral histories and other work.

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