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ISBN: PB: 9781512603651

ISBN: HB: 9781512603644

University of Chicago Press, Dartmouth College Press

September 2019

264 pp.

22.8x15.2 cm



Afterlives of Indigenous Archives

"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.

About the Author

Gordon Henry is professor of creative writing and Native American and American literature at Michigan State University.

Ivy Schweitzer is professor of English and women's and gender studies at Dartmouth College.