ELOKA partner meeting

ELOKA team and partners gather at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Credit: Noor Johnson, ELOKA 
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ELOKA team is growing

The ELOKA team is growing! In the fall of 2022, we added two new positions to our team: an outreach and network manager and postdoctoral researcher.
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White House guidance on Indigenous Knowledge recognizes ELOKA

On November 30, 2022, the White House released a guidance document that identifies ELOKA as an example of a successful data management program that serves both Indigenous communities and federal agencies.  
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ELOKA opens doors: A profile of an intern

In the summer of 2022, ELOKA chose Benjamin Brown to be ELOKA's intern and assist with developing a new module for an existing Atlas.
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Visual histories added to Evenki Atlas

In the summer of 2022, a sixth module with videos, the Evenki Visual Histories, was added to the existing Evenki Atlas—the first online cultural atlas of Indigenous Knowledge from Siberia, Russia.
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AAOKH and ELOKA partner for ice trail mapping in Utqiaġvik, Alaska

Matt Druckenmiller and Josh Jones from Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH), traveled to Utqiaġvik, Alaska, to map and survey ice conditions on trails used by local whaling crews.
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ELOKA members join AAOKH annual meeting

Noor Johnson and Matt Druckenmiller from the ELOKA met with community observers, advisors, and staff from the AAOKH at their annual meeting. 
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NSF renews funding for 15-year NSIDC program to support Arctic community-led research and Indigenous Knowledge sovereignty

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for the program with a five-year collaborative award to ELOKA, Calista Education and Culture (CEC), the Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to continue their work with Indigenous partners.
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Indigenous Advisors Join ELOKA

The Exchange for Local Knowledge and Observations in the Arctic (ELOKA) has formed an Advisory Committee, consisting of four members who will advise ELOKA during its five-year grant period that began in 2021.
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The names they carry: The continued efforts of Yupik elders to pass down knowledge

When Yup’ik people from southwest Alaska travel on their ancestral lands and waters, they navigate using traditional place names. These geographical locations of camps or settlements, rivers, ponds, sloughs, even rocks and sandbars convey historical tales about ancestors or battles, or knowledge of harvesting areas and sacred places. Names such as Niugtayagaq, meaning small place of rustling…
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