This project seeks to document, with professional videography, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (CVTC)’s 2022 community-participatory archaeological surveys and excavations at up to five sites of cultural significance.
Project History and Scope of Work
The primary goal of this project is to document a story of decolonization, connections, and healing. This project seeks to document, with professional videography, CVTC’s 2022 community-participatory archaeological surveys and excavations at up to five sites of importance. The physical locations of the sites were confirmed in a reconnaissance survey conducted by CVTC staff members in September 2021. The project sites-of-interest were built by Chickaloon Native Village (CNV) family members beginning in the early 1900s to 1920s, within the first decades of first contact between CNV ancestors in the Matanuska Valley and Euro-Americans.
The sites may preserve evidence of how CNV’s ancestors adapted in this early phase of rapid assimilation and colonialism including construction influences. CVTC seeks to learn from, document, and process how CNV ancestors adapted in this period of history. A professional videographer will be contracted to collect culturally-appropriate video documentation throughout the project, including video of: interviews with culture bearers about the cultural context and history of the area, site visits with interpretation by culture bearers (before, during and after excavations), live-action community archaeology with impressions of participants and interpretation by culture bearers, and post-excavation evaluation of the project by culture bearers.
The videographer will compile and arrange the video clips into a culturally-rich and appropriate video story of CVTC’s community archeology effort. Because many Elders and other Tribal citizens will not be able to physically visit the sites, having a video documentary of the sites, including people’s on-sight thoughts and feelings will provide viewers with a more thorough virtual experience of the ancestral sites. A culturally-appropriate video documentary is more alive than a report or written document, and this may be the only opportunity for CVTC to video record these sites and community experiences.
The videographer will be responsible for creating a short public video (up to 5 minutes) and a longer video documentary (at least 20 minutes), which will be available to Tribal citizens. All video material, including raw footage, will be owned exclusively by CVTC, and preserved in CVTC’s Tribal digital archives. The end products will be immediately distributed for Ahtna Dene cultural humanities programming through CVTC’s Culture Camp, CVTC’s Ya Ne Dah Ah School, CVTC’s Elders Lunch program, as well as local museums, schools, visitor centers, and tourism businesses, as well as on-line through CVTC’s web and social media platforms (website, Facebook, YouTube).
Deconstructing Our Past
1. Video documentation of CVTC activities to collect, document and preserve the information gleaned from Tribally-led and culturally-respectful anthropological and archaeological efforts, which will be uploaded into CVTC’s Tribal digital archives for permanency (by February 2023 all raw video footage will be uploaded into the CVTC Tribal digital archives).
2. Dissemination of Tribal community-participatory archeology (serving as a role model for other communities) through video documentary creation, including one short video documentary (up to 5 minutes) for public dissemination and one longer video documentary (at least 20 minutes) for internal, Tribal citizen viewers (by January 2023).
3. A minimum of 30 video interviews with culture bearers, experts, community participants and other project participants, which will be uploaded into CVTC’s Tribal digital archives for permanency (by February 2023 all raw video footage will be uploaded into the CVTC Tribal digital archives). In addition to the measurable goals of the project listed above, there are numerous, unmeasurable, anticipated cultural and humanities benefits. This project will expand viewer awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Ahtna Dene culture through documentation of historical lifeways and stories, as well as documentation of present-day Ahtna Dene culture, lifeways, values, and cultural-connection-to-place that will be presented through the videos. As a result, participants of the project and viewers, alike, may experience a sense and feeling of cultural connection and wholistic wellness. For project participants and for Tribal citizen viewers, this project aims to reconnect them with CNV’s ancestral lands and with the daily life and story of their Tribal ancestors.
This project will foster inter-generational understanding and appreciation, and may lead to healing, including the opportunity to confront hidden traumas. Lastly, the timing of this project is critical, as the archeological integrity of these ancestral sites could be destroyed at any time because they are not on Tribally-owned lands but instead are located on lands with development pressures from private property owners, public allowable uses, and potential leasing activities conducted by the state and federal governments.
A successful bidder must provide a copy of their state of Alaska business license, bonding and/or insurance prior to signing the contract. A certificate of insurance with “Chickaloon Native Village” named as an additional insured is required. A Chickaloon Village Business License is required for contracts over $5,000.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this contract, please present a letter or e-mail to Serena Martino firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. May 30th. The bid should contain your contract rate, a description of your experience doing this type of work, a description of your experience working with Tribal entities, and three professional references. If you have any questions please contact Angela Wade, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer via e-mail at email@example.com.
Preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act. Preference may be given to local applicants according to the Tribe’s Local Hiring Policy 005.01.008. Successful bidder shall comply with the Tribe’s drug free workplace requirements and equal employment opportunities with Native and local preference.