CBC: Hundreds of Blackfoot artifacts are held in British museums. Here’s how one project bridges the gap

CBC: Hundreds of Blackfoot artifacts are held in British museums. Here’s how one project bridges the gap. “In 2019, a group of researchers, Blackfoot elders and students from southern Alberta and Montana travelled to England to view Blackfoot items held in three museum collections…. Three years later, the culmination of the work undertaken is available on the Mootookakio’ssin website. The interactive website allows users to interact with historic non-sacred Blackfoot belongings that previously were only seen in museums.”

Google Blog: The new Indigenous Americas hub on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: The new Indigenous Americas hub on Google Arts & Culture. “On the occasion of Native American Heritage Month in the United States, we are proud to be collaborating with Google Arts & Culture and over 40 other cultural institutions to bring online 90+ stories to the new Indigenous Americas hub: a collection of Indigenous art and culture that spans beyond the U.S. and across the Americas to make these stories available to anyone, anywhere in the world.”

University at Buffalo: UB receives Mellon planning grant to support development of Haudenosaunee Archive and Resource Collection

University at Buffalo: UB receives Mellon planning grant to support development of Haudenosaunee Archive and Resource Collection. “The proposed archive and resource collection will establish and house a campus center where scholars, students, educators and community members can research and learn about Haudenosaunee people. UB will work closely with Indigenous advisors to help build a collection that will further enable it to meet the new department’s strategic priorities by inspiring scholarship, advancing Indigenous knowledge in ways that incorporate it into all fields, and addressing prevalent societal knowledge gaps regarding the culture, history and experiences of Indigenous people.” The Haudenosaunee are a confederacy of Native American tribes. The Smithsonian has a PDF guide for educators here.

Popular Science: Inside the ambitious video game project trying to preserve Indigenous sports

Popular Science: Inside the ambitious video game project trying to preserve Indigenous sports. “With some games already lost, in 2007, the UN formally recognized the right of Indigenous people ‘to maintain, control, protect and develop’ traditional games as part of a broader declaration on human rights. That cleared the way for a UN-sponsored initiative that aims to document, digitize, and distribute hundreds of competitive pastimes in the Open Digital Library on Traditional Games, or ODLTG. The sheer scope of the project is difficult to absorb. Organizers will catalogue every game that exists, and every game that ever existed—and that’s just to start.”

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past. “It’s one of the richest bodies of rock art in the world but parts of the Laura Sandstone Basin in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula have been virtually unexplored by archaeologists – until now. As one of 11 specialists from around Australia, University of Southern Queensland Professor of Archaeology/Anthropology Bryce Barker is a Chief Investigator on a research project, that promises to have profound findings about Australia’s past through the recording of unique rock art.”

KNBA: Museums, Native heritage organizations look to future of digital collection, repatriation

KNBA: Museums, Native heritage organizations look to future of digital collection, repatriation. “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act certainly has its flaws. But museums and Native cultural organizations look to the future of digital collections and repatriation. The Alutiiq Museum, which is based in Kodiak, will begin to digitize its collection with the eventual goal of expanding and digitizing collections from other museums.”

Toronto Star: New website, guidebook provides information on development of Indigenous co-operative businesses

Toronto Star: New website, guidebook provides information on development of Indigenous co-operative businesses. “Early indications are that a guidebook that focuses on First Nations co-operative development across the country will be well received. The guidebook, titled Your Way, Together, was launched at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday by Co-operatives First, a Saskatoon-based organization that promotes and supports business development in rural and Indigenous communities, primarily in western Canada.”

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!”

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.”

Sydney Arts Guide: Carriberrie Website Celebrates Indigenous Song And Dance This NAIDOC Week

Sydney Arts Guide: Carriberrie Website Celebrates Indigenous Song And Dance This NAIDOC Week. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is marking NAIDOC Week 2020 with the release of Carriberrie, a breathtaking online journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance from the traditional to the contemporary, set across stunning Australian landscapes. Carriberrie features 156 dancers, 23 performances and nine cultural groups, and is available online now.”