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The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) is an answer to the pressing need for comprehensive workshops, online tutorials, and web resources dedicated to the lifecycle of digital stewardship. The SHN is a collaborative project that complements the work of indigenous peoples globally to preserve, share, and manage cultural heritage and knowledge. The SHN, along with Partners, organize and offer face-to-face workshops, produce educational resources, and link people and resources through digital workbenches. The SHN is part of a network of individuals, communities, and institutions who work together to provide each other with digital tools and preservation assistance. We call this: Collaborative Stewardship.

Project Team

Washington State University
Kim Christen Withey – Project Director, and co-Director of CDSC
Alex Merrill – Project Technical Director, Head of Systems
Maria Montenegro – Project Curator and Assistant
Lotus Norton-Wisla – Tribal Digital Archives Curriculum Coordinator
Steve Bingo – Project Archivist

Michael Ashley – Project Architect
Elena Toffalori – Lead Engineer
Kelley Shanahan – Web Design, Mukurtu Services Manager
Tyler Wilson – Informatics Specialist


Stephen Abrams, Associate Director, California Digital Library
Patricia Cruse, Director, California Digital Library
Susan Feller, President / CEO, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Gary Holton, Director of the Alaska Native Heritage Archive, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dean Irvine, Professor of English, Dalhouse University
Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University
Nicole Myers-Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Carol Oliva, Development Specialist, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Jennifer O’Neal, University Historian and Archivist, University of Oregon
Michael Pahn, Media Archivist, Smithsonian Institute – National Museum of the American Indian
Loriene Roy, Professor of Information Studies, University of Texas
Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist, Library of Congress
Brad Westbrook, ArchivesSpace Program Manager, LYRASIS


Washington State University
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums
Center for Digital Archaeology
University of Oregon Libraries
Alaska Native Language Archives
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Native American Archives Roundtable
Society of American Archivists


The Challenge

The Sustainable Heritage Network needed to reach people across the United States, and eventually the world, providing multi-media tutorials, resources, templates, and locations -called workbenches. The size and reach of this network was larger than any site yet built in Mukurtu CMS and we had the unique challenge of building and supporting the network.

The Solution

Starting with Mukurtu CMS as the content management system for the SHN, we provided Washington State University with an infrastructure for the database. The front end of the portal invites users to search for resources according to category, or to find workbenches and workshops. The SHN took off and we continue to integrate services that provide media quickly to users around the world.

“…this has the potential to be a very powerful tool and resource for all communities.”


Workshop Participant

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