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Chaldean Heritage Foundation
Chaldean Oral History Project
$24,978 • Detroit
The project had three parts: collection of analog and digital documentation, collection/transcription of oral histories, and production of a documentary to describe and illustrate the life of the large and growing Detroit-area Chaldean community both in its former homeland in Mesopotamia/Iraq, and in its 100-year life in southeast Michigan. The project shared the story of the group’s beginnings as part of a multi-ethnic society in Iraq, now dispersed following the 2003 invasion and the current war in Iraq, and how they have adapted and contributed to life in Michigan and American society over the course of the past century.