Team Mukurtu was in Fairbanks, Alaska on April 9th and 10th as part of the Alaska Native Language Archive’s workshop on Digital Heritage Preservation. The workshop covered basic digitization planning, preservation, workflows, and project organization, as well as issues specific to Alaska Native languages, and examples of successful programs and projects being run in Alaska.

On the second afternoon of the workshop, our team led the 25 participants in a half-day introduction to Mukurtu CMS focusing on core features and functions. Participants included librarians, archivists, museum curators, cultural center staff, program directors, and students from organizations across Alaska, including the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Native Village of Afognak, Baranov Museum, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Ilanka Cultural Center, Seldovia Village Tribe, Haines Borough Public Library, Kawerak, Tanana Tribal Council, University of Alaska Fairbanks Tok Center, Eyak Language Project, Huna Heritage Foundation, and the Tuzzy Consortium Library.

In addition to learning Mukurtu basics, participants were able to get hands-on practice with all aspects of Mukurtu site setup and use. We started with a small group activity that explored how to approach real-world materials and situations, before moving into basic training on how to create and manage digital heritage items in Mukurtu CMS, and how to use Mukurtu Mobile as an additional engagement and collection tool. Everyone engaged in lively discussions around our sample materials, bringing in unique experiences from their own institutions, and exploring how they might be able to use Mukurtu to provide their communities, patrons, and users with better access to their collections and resources.

TALMS working with Native languages in Alaska are valuable resources for local communities, and we appreciate the opportunity to share with, and learn from everyone who attended the workshop. Resources from the workshop are available at the Sustainable Heritage Network.