The proposed project is to expand the state university's Northwest Coast Native Arts Certificate Program to the rural village of Hoonah for three years and to develop how-to manuals in Native carving and basketry for use by future students of Native art. The goal is to give Native residents skills and tools to produce Native art to sell to tourists and to perpetuate Native art practices.
The proposed project dovetails with Hoonah's long range goal to promote self sufficiency in Hoonah by creating a tourism industry and tourism jobs in the village. To that end, Hoonah's Native village corporation has purchased an historic cannery and is renovating the facility to attract cruise ship tourists. The corporation also plans to build a cruise ship dock, tentatively scheduled for completion in 2005. The facility, located 1.2 miles from Hoonah, would accommodate one cruise ship per day and offer to passengers whale and bear watching excursions, mountain hiking, hiking and shopping, as well as cultural presentations and tours of the cannery. The site will include 24 new retail stores, and the goal is to stock the shops with locally-made Native art. The corporation currently is negotiating with the cruise industry to schedule the stops.
The proposed project includes two main components:
1. To expand the state University of Alaska Southeast's Northwest Coast Art
Certificate Program to Hoonah for three years. (The project length is necessary to
give participants time to develop skills to produce Native art for sale and to earn
certificates through the university arts course, which is a three-year program);
2. To produce two how-to manuals on Southeast Alaska Native carving and basketry
to help teach the crafts to future aspiring artists and to perpetuate the art forms.