Afterlives of Indigenous Archives

Edited by Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry

Afterlives of Indigenous Archives

Edited by Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

264 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781512603651 Published October 2019
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512603644 Published October 2019

Afterlives of Indigenous Archives offers a compelling critique of Western archives and their use in the development of “digital humanities.” The essays collected here present the work of an international and interdisciplinary group of indigenous scholars; researchers in the field of indigenous studies and early American studies; and librarians, curators, activists, and storytellers. The contributors examine various digital projects and outline their relevance to the lives and interests of tribal people and communities, along with the transformative power that access to online materials affords. The authors aim to empower native people to re-envision the Western archive as a site of community-based practices for cultural preservation, one that can offer indigenous perspectives and new technological applications for the imaginative reconstruction of the tribal past, the repatriation of the tribal memories, and a powerful vision for an indigenous future. This important and timely collection will appeal to archivists and indigenous studies scholars alike.

Review Quotes
Gwen N. Westerman, Humanities Program Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato
“This collection brings together cutting-edge research and thoughtful commentary on what it really means to create indigenous-centered archives in the digital age. The contributors ask difficult questions and pose innovative responses about access to and interpretation of cultural collections often unavailable to the very tribal Nations which created them. Afterlives of Indigenous Archives is a must-have resource for community members and scholars who not only want to work with archives that hold our communal objects and stories, but also want to center their contexts in a framework of traditional knowledge and collaboration.”
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