Humanities Montana awards project grants

Humanities Montana recently awarded $38,350 to humanities projects across the state through its fellowship and regular grants. The grant program supports projects related to Indigenous land stewardship, literature and language recovery, Butte history, philosophy and more.

“Our mission is to support the people of Montana through stories, conversations and imaginative ideas,” said Randi Lynn Tanglen, executive director of Humanities Montana. “Whether providing new ways to engage with history or spreading knowledge about traditional land practices, these projects are well positioned to spark dialogue and action across the state of Big Sky.”

The Humanities Montana Regular Grants program awards grants of $1,000 or more, three times a year. Its research fellowships award grants of up to $4,000 per year. In February, the seven organizations that received funding included:

• James Welch Literary Festival, Aasaisstto Language Society, East Glacier, $10,000 — Celebrating the work of Montana and internationally acclaimed writer James Welch (1940-2003) and contemporary Native American writers, the festival is scheduled for August 28 to July 30.

• First Voices, Thresh Inc., New York, $2,000 — A contemporary interpretation of Indigenous stories, this project brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous intergenerational artists to foster greater understanding.

• Lecture Series: Language Reclamation and Beyond, University of Montana, Missoula, $5,000—The linguistics program is hosting a lecture series on documenting and reclaiming Indigenous languages ​​at the Institute on Collaborative Language Research, July 13 to June 24.

• History of Butte, Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, Butte, $7,500—Organized articles about Butte’s history through the development of a website, mobile app, and themed tours.

• Blackfeet Ethnoecology Mapping Project, Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Browning, $6,100 — The project will develop an Indigenous science geographic information system database informed by the Blackfoot knowledge system to disseminate traditional principles of stewardship of the landscape.

• Philosophy Symposium Series, Merlin CCC, Helena, $3,750 — The 2022 series will focus on military life and the ethics of war, freedom of expression, and humans’ relationship with nature.

• Buckskin and fabric dresses, April Martin, Busby, $4,000 — (research grant). The project will look at the evolution of traditional women’s clothing with a focus on the Cheyenne Nation.

About Montana Humanities

Humanities Montana is the state council for the humanities of Montana. With a mission to serve communities through stories and conversations, Humanities Montana provides experiences that fuel imaginations and ideas by talking about the diverse history, literature, and philosophy of Montananese. Established in 1972, Humanities Montana is one of 56 councils across the country established by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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