The Douglas Public library wasn’t quiet Saturday.
The sounds of drums, singing and dancing from the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group echoed out from the library’s meeting room.
The performance was part of an Alaska Native Culture festival organized by Morgan Blackgoat, a student at Thunder Mountain High School and Inclusive Internship Initiative intern for Juneau Public Libraries.
“I was just hoping to bring people together in the community,” Blackgoat said.
In addition to dancing, the event featured Native stories, figures of significant figures hidden throughout the library, an online quiz and fry bread.
Blackgoat said she’s enjoyed her time as an intern, and it’s taught her about how involved libraries are in their communities as well as the work that goes into coordinating an event.
The internship opportunity was brought to Blackgoat’s attention by a school newsletter, and Blackgoat has had multiple relatives work for the library, so it sounded appealing.
“I really wanted to get into that family heritage of working in the library,” Blackgoat said
The internship was provided for by a grant from the American Library Association and is part of a nationwide program.
“It’s been a tremendous gift to us,” said MJ Grande, youth services librarian for Juneau Public Libraries.“She worked with us this summer. She’s been quite self-directed in her projects. She really assisted us tremendously.”
The culture festival was a culmination of Blackgoat’s internship, which started with a meeting in Washington D.C. and will wrap up at the end of the month with presentations in Chicago.