Lecture - The Makah Cultural and Research Center: A History of Makah Designed Objectives

Janine Ledford, director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free

Janine LedfordJanine Ledford Photo courtesy of Janine Ledford.Janine Ledford Photo courtesy of Janine Ledford.

The history and development of the Makah people can be seen at the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC), where a remote tribe on the coast of Washington State invited a small number of professionals to work side-by-side to design and create their museum, and structure the other programs that would ultimately work toward the preservation of Makah culture and identity. Chartered by the Makah Indian tribe, governed by an all-Makah board, with an all-Makah staff, the MCRC has continued to collaborate with outside experts for thirty-four years, working to further the mission of the MCRC on behalf of the Makah tribe. The MCRC prioritizes revitalization of Makah language, values, cultural knowledge and traditions, protection of Makah treaty rights and cultural resources, while also working on a regional and national level to assist other tribes, universities and museums in their related efforts. Meaningful collaboration and partnering has allowed the MCRC to conduct important research and carry out numerous successful projects.

Janine Ledford (Makah) is the executive director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center, a position she has held since 1995. As the director she oversees the Makah language program, the archives and library, the education department, and curation/exhibits. Ms. Ledford is also the Makah tribal historic preservation officer. Ms. Ledford lives on the Makah Indian Reservation with her four children (one is in university). She wrote a chapter for “Coming To Shore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions, and Visions,” edited by Marie Mauze, Michael Harkin and (Dartmouth Professor) Sergie Kan.

Ms. Ledford serves on the Washington State Governor’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, is the chairperson for the National Association for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and is the chairperson for the Makah Tribe’s Higher Education Committee.

Please note that this lecture is part of both the SAR colloquium and Speaker Series. For more information, visit here.

Videography by John Sadd

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

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