The Drumbeats Alaska Collaborative was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen the sustainability and development of rural Alaska communities. Objectives are as follows:
1) Enhance local food and energy security
2) Enhance formal, informal and/or indigenous knowledge and its application to rural and subsistence living
3) Increase rural leadership in resource stewardship, and
4) Increase collaborations to strengthen subsistence knowledge and practice
The individual programs of Drumbeats Alaska infuse culturally-appropriate instruction; outreach to schools to promote scientific inquiry; provide hands-on experience with community activities; and provide access to pathways otherwise not available to students in remote areas of Alaska.
The Drumbeats Alaska Collaborative is comprised of certificate programs from all seven Alaska Native Serving Institution (ANSI) campuses of the University of Alaska system:
- High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Northwest Campus in Nome
- Environmental Studies (ENVI) out of the UAF Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham
- Ethnobotany (EBOT) out of the UAF Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel and Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue
- Tribal Natural Resource Management (TNRM) out of the UAF Interior Alaska campus in Fairbanks
- Coastal Studies & Mariculture out of the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Ketchikan
- Scientists in Schools program out of UAS in Sitka
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2017-38426-27151.