TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
This program is designed to nurture and provide the transmission of cultural knowledge. As a Tribe, as an Indian people, who still do, believe, act, conduct ourselves and live as Dee-ni’ or Xvsh people, we are at a critical time where traditional knowledge and mastery of skills as Dee-ni’ are rapidly diminishing. Including but not limited to: Dee-ni’ language, basket weaving, regalia making, singing, iris net-making, medicinal herb gathering and tincture making, canoe making, spear making, eeling, fishing, filleting, clamming, hunting, pipe making, tule mat making, genealogy studying, storytelling, seaweed gathering, drying fish, gambling, bark skirt making, paint making, knowledge keeping, etc. are all examples of cultural traditions that we would like to focus on nurturing through this program to offset the extinction of living, believing, thinking, doing and acting like our tribal lineage. To be consciously and actively living, breathing, thinking, believing and doing as a tribal citizen is a strength that needs to be promoted and protected.
There are two avenues to participate in the Traditional Knowledge Enhancement Program, either as a learner (Traditional Knowledge Hunter) or as a teacher (Traditional Knowledge Holder). The first is in a group setting in effort to bring several *Knowledge Hunters together to learn from a *Primary Knowledge Holder. Secondly, is to open a pathway for a Knowledge Hunter who has sought out a relationship with a Primary Knowledge Holder that can then enter into an agreement to learn this knowledge in a one to one (1 to 1) partnership that is planned out in advance of application process and agreed upon by both parties involved in the program.
The Group Setting- consists of multiple (two or more (2+)) Knowledge Hunters and single or multiple Primaries to participate in scheduled culture workshops where the primary knowledge holder(s) will be contracted teacher(s). The knowledge hunters that participate in the activity will receive incentive hourly payment per workshop. The Culture Department Director is responsible for providing supplies, organizing time and location and communicating with participants. As the workshops are available the hunter applies for these sessions individually and discusses it with the department director.
The One to One (1 to 1) Setting- the team consists of one (1) Primary Knowledge Holder and one (1) Knowledge Hunter. The subject matter and setting is set in place for a specific cultural skill or knowledge area prior to applying for the program. Both participants are contracted participants. In this setting the participants themselves would be re-sponsible for coming up with time, location and supplies of their learning sessions.
The reporting will be done at the end of each learning session. This would include a narrative describing what was learned. Payment will not be issued to either participant with-out the complete reporting.
There is monetary compensation to all TKEP participants. You can get paid to learn and get paid to teach Dee-ni’ cultural and traditional knowledge information. Come one, come all for more information, please direct your questions to the Waa-tr’vslh-’a~ department staff.
Program Participant Definitions
Primary Knowledge Holder (PKH):
· A Taa-laa-wa Dee-ni, Smith River Rancheria, tribal member, honorary member, neighboring tribal member or individual that has mastery of specific traditional knowledge and/or traditional cultural skills and is willing to transmit that knowledge to learners in support of our efforts to keep our heritage alive. It is encouraged that these folks be open to possible video, photographic and audio recording documentation of their knowledge.
Traditional Knowledge Hunter (TKH):
· A Taa-laa-wa Dee-ni, Smith River Rancheria, tribal member, honorary member or community member with familial ties to the tribe who has interest in learning tradi-tional cultural knowledge and/or skill in efforts to keep our heritage alive, who is seeking knowledge and is committed to sharing their skills with the next generation as a teacher.
· Two forms are required for payment along with the monthly invoice. An assessment will occur at the beginning of each quarter.
Submitted by Marva Jones, Culture Department Director