Embroideries, Facebook, and Virtual Sovereignty: How One Student Is Making History Accessible (Bowdoin College)

Bowdoin College: Embroideries, Facebook, and Virtual Sovereignty: How One Student Is Making History Accessible. “Ariana Smith ’21 has a Gibbons grant from Bowdoin this summer to continue researching the history of the Arctic Museum’s collections of Inuit embroideries—and to share this past with the people whose ancestors created them.”

ABC News (Australia): Indigenous ranger’s quest to preserve Simpson Desert knowledge and 60,000-year-old history of his people

ABC News (Australia): Indigenous ranger’s quest to preserve Simpson Desert knowledge and 60,000-year-old history of his people. “An Aboriginal elder from south-west Queensland wants to preserve the 60,000-year-old culture and history of his people and the story of their life in the Simpson Desert before it is too late.”

University of Calgary: Blackfoot Oral Stories Database brought to life by ii’ taa’poh’to’p grant

New-to-me, from the University of Calgary: Blackfoot Oral Stories Database brought to life by ii’ taa’poh’to’p grant. “These stories have helped us to understand the underlying structure of the language and the ways in which it is similar to and different from other languages. But, as we did this work, it became increasingly clear to us that we can and must use our linguistic training to share the stories as they were intended — with members of the community. With this understanding, in 2016, Dr. Heather Bliss, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures created the Blackfoot Oral Stories Database, an online repository of oral stories. Since that time, the database has grown to include over 100 stories told by more than 20 storytellers.”

Indigenous Digital Archive: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks

Indigenous Digital Archive: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks . “They’re so rare that even specialists in yearbooks have been unable to get their hands on them. Today, however, two rare collections of yearbooks and related ephemera from 1914-2017, showing student life at the Santa Fe Indian Industrial School, its successor the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Albuquerque Indian School are shared online with the public for a rare glimpse of the histories of government Indian Schools in New Mexico, and the transition of these schools to tribal community control.”

National Library of Australia: Curatorial Research Fellow Bess Moylan explores how a better understanding of historical maps can support research into Aboriginal cultural landscapes.

National Library of Australia: Curatorial Research Fellow Bess Moylan explores how a better understanding of historical maps can support research into Aboriginal cultural landscapes.. “At first glance Australian historical maps tell stories of exploration and land development, but what happens when we take a look from another perspective? What other stories can we find if we decolonise historical maps? Historical maps can be useful when researching Aboriginal cultural landscapes and they can help researchers develop family histories, trace trading paths and Songlines, investigate traditional fire management regimes, reconstruct land use patterns, and explore local languages.”

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. “A group of University of Lethbridge researchers and Blackfoot elders will spend two weeks in England this summer to produce detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. Christine Clark, one of the researchers embarking on the trip in July, said the artifacts will be documented through a process called photogrammetry, which involves taking a series of photos all the way around the object. Software will then be used to transform the images into a realistic 3-D model.”

Nunatsiaq News: Library and Archives Canada offers funds for Indigenous digitization projects

Nunatsiaq News: Library and Archives Canada offers funds for Indigenous digitization projects. “Library and Archives Canada wants to help Indigenous organizations preserve their past by transferring it into the future. Their new initiative—Listen, Hear Our Voices—is calling for applications to fund the digitization of culture and language recordings from cassette and VHS tapes.”