Traditional Culture and Education

A movement to protect and perpetuate traditional Native culture is underway throughout the country. Lannan Foundation supports organizations that exist to revive or perpetuate traditional Native belief systems, traditional cultural practices, and traditional knowledge.

Some of these projects involve traditional agriculture and aquaculture, basket making, buffalo restoration, and traditional knowledge conferences. Funds are not available for religious ceremonial practices.

Please view some of our funded projects in this area below.

Traditional Native American Farmers Association, Santa Fe, NM

TNAFA director Clayton BrascoupeNative farmers are deeply concerned about the erosion of community support for agriculture. TNAFA, which now includes 50 families from 18 tribes, seeks to reverse the recent decline in farming by re-invigorating agricultural traditions and increasing economic opportunities for farmers.

Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

maine indian basketmakers allianceIn 2013 Lannan Foundation made a grant for general operating support of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) in support of preserving and extending the ancient tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking within Maine’s Native American community.