Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program 2015-2016
The Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving and Mukurtu CMS Training project is a three year program targeting the unique needs of Tribal archives, libraries and museums through a cohort-based educational model emphasizing digitization and preservation of materials in culturally responsive ways. Our goal is to provide long-term educational opportunities in digital heritage management and preservation with an emphasis on flexible models and cohort-specific needs.
The TSC program provides participants with hands-on training in the digitization, management and preservation of content-specific types including: film, audio, video and documents. Providing this training though a cohort model allows us to engage with a community of peers who face similar challenges in cultural heritage and digital preservation. A “train-the-trainer” model is an integral part of the project, as we explore best practices, standards, workflows, and tools involved in digital projects, preservation, and management, we will emphasize learning modules as part of a larger goal of sustainability across the cohort and to other members of each TALM.
The first cohort is made up of individuals from Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (TALMs) nationwide.
Crystal Douglas and Darwin Bell - Kaw Nation, Kaw City, Oklahoma
Angela McLaughlin and Bari Talley - Karuk Tribe, Orleans, California
Elizabeth James-Perry - Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah, Massachusetts
Gloria A. Morgan - Tejon Indian Tribe, Bakersfield, California
Marcus Winchester, Jason Wesaw, and Katie Lee - Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Dowagiac, Michigan
Keeley Parker and Jamie Parker - Makah Tribe, Neah Bay, Washington
The Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program is aimed at providing educational opportunities for tribal archivists, librarians and museum professionals in hands-on and virtual trainings provided using a small cohort model to stress practical skills and replicable processes. Understanding the entire digital lifecycle, from physical object, to digitization, the digital management and preservation will be our goal, with a focus on providing community access to collections.
Together we will explore best practices and hands-on examples of digital projects, preservation, and management. The trainings will add up to a larger goal of sustainability of cultural heritage based on the specific situations of our cohort members.