The Drumbeats Alaska Collaborative was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance educational equity while strengthening the sustainability and development of Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan communities. Objectives are as follows:
1) Advance Indigenous and Western knowledge and its application to food and energy security and sustainable livelihoods.
2) Increase leadership in resource stewardship and civics.
3) Facilitate collaborations to strengthen place-based subsistence knowledge and practice.
Drumbeats Alaska programs use culturally-appropriate methods of instruction and outreach, seek to engage communities at multiple levels, promote scientific inquiry, provide hands-on learning experiences and access to education and career pathways otherwise not available to residents in remote areas of Alaska.
The Drumbeats Alaska Collaborative is comprised of academic programs from five Alaska Native Serving Institution (ANSI) campuses within UAF CRCD:
- Environmental Studies (ENVI) - Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham
- Ethnobotany (EBOT) - Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel
- High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) - Northwest Campus in Nome
- Tribal Stewardship - Interior Alaska campus in Fairbanks
- Food Security Program - Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue
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.