UCLA: UCLA researchers digitize massive collection of folk medicine

UCLA: UCLA researchers digitize massive collection of folk medicine. “A project more than 40 years in the making, the Archive of Healing is one of the largest databases of medicinal folklore from around the world. UCLA Professor David Shorter has launched an interactive, searchable website featuring hundreds of thousands of entries that span more than 200 years, and draws from seven continents, six university archives, 3,200 published sources, and both first and second-hand information from folkloric field notes.”

Scoop Culture: Website’s Digital Stories Highlight Care Of Dying Māori Kaumātua

Scoop Culture: Website’s Digital Stories Highlight Care Of Dying Māori Kaumātua. “A new website that focuses on Māori end of life experiences was launched today. Short films showcasing whānau care of kaumātua as they approach death will serve as a key focal point. The site is a response to concerns that Māori are losing knowledge of traditional end of life caregiving tikanga (customs).”

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia. ca

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia.ca. From the Kickstarter page: “The proposed development and creation of indigipedia.ca – the Indigenous Digital Encyclopedia is an opportunity to curate knowledge and write our own history to provide accessible knowledge, information, and resources with Indigenous communities and for allies. Through ease of access, we aim to return Indigenous knowledge to people who had it stolen from them, as well as share the knowledge with others who are eager to learn.”

KULR: Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information

KULR: Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information. “A Blackfeet woman has started a non-profit organization to gather and share information, resources, and history of the tribe with travelers across Montana and Canada. The project promotes interaction and contribution from the public. Souta Calling Last collects centuries worth of information through storytelling, factual data, and social trends to help tribal members and tourists better understand the area where they live or explore.”

Toronto Star: Digital archive to help National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation access Residential School Survivor stories

Toronto Star: Digital archive to help National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation access Residential School Survivor stories. “The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) received $2,411,773 to restructure and decolonize its digital archival records to promote innovative research meaningful to Indigenous communities. Funding was provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant which will enable archivists to build a digital architecture for their archives, allowing for better access to the stories of Residential School Survivors.”

Library and Archives Canada: A new Google map to search for Indigenous-related collection items

Thanks to Paul P. for the heads-up! Library and Archives Canada: A new Google map to search for Indigenous-related collection items. “Over the past three years, We Are Here: Sharing Stories has digitized and described over 590,000 images of archival and published materials related to First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation….In order to make it easier to locate recently digitized Indigenous heritage content at LAC, we have created a searchable list of the collections and introduced a Google map feature – allowing users to browse archival materials by geographic region!”

CBC: Montreal publisher launches online campaign to add Cree to Google’s translation software

CBC: Montreal publisher launches online campaign to add Cree to Google’s translation software. “The preamble to John’s petition points out that Maori, the language of Aboriginal people in New Zealand, is available on Google Translate. New Zealand government data suggests there are approximately 50,000 Maori speakers there, but data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 census shows there were more than 96,000 Cree speakers in Canada when information was gathered.”

Indigenous Photograph: a resource for visual storytelling – in pictures (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Indigenous Photograph: a resource for visual storytelling – in pictures. “Natives Photograph began in 2018 as a database of indigenous visual storytellers from across north America, providing a resource for those wishing to hire more inclusively – since mainstream narratives historically have been largely in the hands of non-indigenous people. Relaunched as Indigenous Photograph the site is expanding into a global community of photographers who seek to bring balance to the way stories are told about indigenous people.” Wonderful photography.

Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history

Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history. “AN online platform has been launched to share stories from Victorian Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people – including a story a local massacre. As negotiations get underway for Australia’s first treaty, the new website, Deadly and Proud, features Aboriginal storytellers from across the state sharing their stories of pride in Aboriginal culture, resilience, community and the historic path to treaty and truth-telling.”

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online. “Fenimore Art Museum has announced the launch of a digital database showcasing the museum’s collections of fine art, folk art and The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The site ‘dramatically improves online access and representation of the Museum’s holdings consisting of more than 2,000 objects and works of art,’ presenters said in a media release.”

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge. “Although racial-justice initiatives around the world have sparked a renewed focus on the need to recruit and retain more people from minority ethnic groups in STEM, Indigenous researchers — and Indigenous knowledge — remain at risk of being overlooked. Nature spoke to four Indigenous academic scientists about the challenges these early-career researchers face, and how scientists can respectfully and effectively bring together traditional knowledge and Western science.”

Alaska Native News: Alutiiq Museum to Create Online Database of Ancestral Collections

Alaska Native News: Alutiiq Museum to Create Online Database of Ancestral Collections. “With a $32,578 grant from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak and the Alutiiq Museum are collaborating on a tool that will help people locate, view, and study Alutiiq objects in the world’s museums. The Amutat project, which started this month, will begin developing a database of ancestral Alutiiq objects linked to the museum’s website. Visitors to the page will be able to search and study a wide range of Alutiiq tools, clothes, and ceremonial pieces assembled in one place.”

ABC (Australia): ABC establishes new Indigenous Archives Unit

ABC (Australia): ABC establishes new Indigenous Archives Unit. “The Unit will oversee the ABC’s Indigenous content collection, including video, audio, photos and documents. This unique and important collection captures songs and ceremonies from as early as the 1940s to contemporary material on Indigenous communities, health, the land rights movement, the freedom ride in 1965, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Parliament House and the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.”

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves. “Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project. In a report released on Wednesday, the inquiry blasted Rio Tinto’s ‘inexcusable’ act, and said they should compensate the traditional owners.”