Feb 15, 2010

Tsimshian: Southeast Native Alaska Radio Station to Begin Broadcasts

Active ImageA new online radio station will give voice to the Tsimshian culture in Southeast Alaska.
Below is an article published by Anchorage Daily News:

A new online radio station will give voice to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures in Southeast Alaska.

Tribal Voice Radio is scheduled to launch at 8 a.m. today [February 14] at www.tribalvoiceradio.com. It was approved in December by Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

"The main goal is to capture the language, clan stories and ways of life of the Native people," said project coordinator Simon Roberts. "We're looking at being able to give back to the culture a new life and gather all the communities here in Southeast as well as the Tlingits and Haidas in Canada."

Roberts has worked the last six months with the Tlingit and Haida's Employment and Training team and marketing coordinator Thomas Gallant.

Roberts said the team sent out eight hand-held recorders to the council's cultural representatives to collect clan stories and interview Native elders, artists, dancers and drummers.

 Content of community submissions may range from contemporary or traditional Native music to family recipes, such as how to smoke salmon or dry seaweed.

Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Bill Martin said Tribal Voice will help bring Southeast Native culture 14,000 members living outside the region.

"Being on the Web means we have a greater access to all of our constituents who are scattered throughout the country," Martin said.

Other major contributors to the project include Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., which gave access to its online lecture series. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will contribute a 50-minute weekly program on anatomy and health.