“The Alaska Native Knowledge Network’s goal is to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia”
~(Alaska Native Knowledge Network, 2021).
I found all the videos informative. Especially, the one on data. I don’t think that data management and digitizing paper information at a museum level occurs to anyone. I’ve worked with data digitizing and it is time consuming, as well as insuring that the information is correct. I can relate to the floppy disk era. Recently, I was discussing the military bases museum collection from previous year to a manager at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, NM. I stated, the information you have in Archaeological Records Management Section (ARMS) needs to be sent over to my department via the Internet. What I received was not readable. Our government firewall rejected it. The manager stated, I’ll change it. He sent the data over in another language and again it was unreadable. We did this over several months and finally found something retrievable, The GIS technician and I are still going over the data, as well as paper documents from 30 years ago. It is a huge mess that has not been maintained properly. He stated that several years ago, the servers were upgraded and they lost data. I asked how much? He said, maybe 3 to 4 years’ worth. I talked to the Curator, she stated, we do not have enough people to help input or update information from entities who are curating their collections at the museum. There is not enough funding or man power (graduate students etc.) I wished that I had time to write a grant to help them out. Museums are under staff. I’m under the impression that keeping staff is hard as well. They tend to move on.
As for your listed options to retrieved data at the end of the required videos. I have explored each in the past. I like them all, especially the Alaska Native Knowledge Network. I have used this one for school for my Doctorate in Indigenous Studies. I have explored the oral narratives through Jukebox.I have researched information, articles, and publications that Dr. Oscar Kawagley and others have written. I’ve explored the rural Alaskan school system methodologies (Curriculum Resources: Lesson Plans) as well. I remember, an assignment in which we had to explore Cultural Atlases and Talking Maps. And, I’ve used the Cultural Resources for Indigenous Studies, Ethnobotany with Lisa Strecker, and Judith Ramos for Alaska Rural Development.This site has provided me with so much information, and has helped me navigate through a majority of my courses and assignments. The information is endless and it has preserved interview recordings (oral stories) told by Alaskan Elders on Native Ways of Knowing, along with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. They now have a new communication strategy. Please check the site out and learn more. It is fascinating. Question: What topic would you choose to explore on the Alaska Native Knowledge Network?
Alaska Native Knowledge Network. (2021). Alaska Native Knowledge Network. Retrieved March 20, 2021 from https://www.uaf.edu/ankn/