Digital Collections

Archive for September 2008

This link was provided by Dr. White as an example of a different perspective on the importance of archiving and ideas about indigenous aspects presented at that level.  I noticed the Maori research project has presence at this level.


I have been getting lots of assistance from individuals with regard to information about my paper.  I was referenced to this link which lists many organizations, including tribes, that have begun archival projects.  There are possibilities in distinguishing which tribes are organizing archives for their own purposes versus the public at large.

I think this gives me the opportunity to compile information in one central location.  I look forward to posting more information sources in the upcoming weeks!

Dine College (accessed September 13, 2008).

Dine College Libraries (accessed September 13, 2008).

During my search for various tribal digital collections, a Navajo friend referred me to the links above.   Dine, a Navajo college, was the first of 30 tribal colleges and is a public institution chartered by the Navajo Nation.  The mission of the college is to teach utilizing Navajo principles to contribute to the social well being of the Navajo Nation.

The library’s website is simple and user friendly.  I like the use of navajo for prompts in the search tab.  The collection includes an extensive (naturally) array of resources on Navajo history, language and customs.

Te Puni, Alice. 2008. Huge film-making potential here. The Bisborne Herald. September 9, (accessed September 9, 2008).

I find this article interesting in that film is a form of digital archiving, especially with Sundance moving to utilizing ideas from indigenous storytelling.  My paper is going to be on obstacles in tribal archiving.  I never thought about film (duh) being an archive of storytelling.  Bird Runningwater, Sundance Film Festival Programme Director, stated, “Our indigenous stories are the best and the oldest.  We have a responsibility to ensure they are retained, which isn’t too hard as we have a natural knack for storytelling.  We are now recording and recorrecting our history through film, which is our modern day art form for expression.”

I am also interested in this because my paper is on obstacles or challenges in digital tribal archiving.   Runningwater talks about property rights and protocols to protect traditional knowledge and history.


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  • Little Axe: Your welcome.
  • Little Axe: Well, hope it has useful information in one place.
  • Little Axe: I forgot where I got that information. I know it compiles a lot of references and relevant topics for my paper. Glad you found it interesting! :D