• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Native American Youth Media Institute

Native American and Child at Fort Warren

Annawon Weeden shares Wampanoag traditions on Georges Island

Completing the Circle: Weaving Past, Present and Future into Story

2008 Native American Youth Summer Media Institute

Northeast Native American communities have a long and rich connection to the Boston Harbor Islands. For many communities, the islands represent a place of survival, ceremony, feasts, and daily life. A major goal of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area is to increase awareness of the history and lifeways of Native communities and provide further opportunities for reconnection.

The theme of "completing the circle" will connect youth with the many ways we tell stories. The goal is to better understand ourselves, our connection to our communities, and the world as a whole. Workshops include instruction in finger weaving, beading, tool-making, song and dance. Through daily video production training, youth learn how to use cameras, microphones, and editing equipment to transform story into a medium that can be preserved and shared with a wider audience and across generations.

Instructors include elders and mentors from surrounding tribal communities who lead workshops and storytelling lessons. Native American youth between the ages of 14 and 18 should apply.

 
Download the Application
The application and brochure for the 2009 Native American Summer Youth Institute are not available for download at this time. For further information, contact Kristen Wyman at 617-223-8588 or e-mail us.

Did You Know?

Satellite Imagery of Boston Harbor Seafloor and Islands

Boston Harbor Islands is one of 14 national park that has the word "islands" in the name. Other island parks include Channel Islands in California, Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, Governors Island in New York and Assateague Island in Maryland.