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Historic photo of Holy Cross Mission on River

The Holy Cross Project Jukebox was funded by the Holy Cross Tribal Council. In 2001, Debbie Turner originated the idea as a practicum for her Human Services Degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Debbie, born and raised in Holy Cross, is the Tribal Family and Youth Specialist for the Council. With the village losing more and more of its treasured elders, the Council agreed that it was important to preserve the knowledge and stories of their last remaining elders. Debbie Turner worked in coordination with a committee to come up with a list of people to be interviewed. The goal of the project has been to create a snapshot of the elders lives as they see it. Family members helped plan and conduct the interviews, and the elders selected photographs from their own collections to demonstrate particular aspects of their lives.

Debbie also worked with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program to plan and design this Jukebox, to arrange and conduct interviews, and to make the program available in Holy Cross. Other interviewers from Holy Cross included Eugene Paul, Tessie Paul, Carol Atkins, and Rita Paul. Karen Brewster, Research Associate with the Oral History Program collaborated on the planning, design and interviewing. Bill Burke and Cal White, Research Technicians with the Oral History Program, worked in 2002 on putting together the pieces to create the Jukebox. The final Jukebox was completed in 2004.

The historic film clip included in the Jukebox is from the Alaska Film Archives, Rasumson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The footage of Maurice Newman running his dogteam and checking his fishtrap was taken in the late 1950s by the Alaska Department of Health and Welfare, Alaska Sanitation Aides, Hotspot Team (Film# AAF384).


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