Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

Karen J. Underhill


In the midst of a spring snowstorm on April 5, 2006, a group of fifteen Native American, First Nation, and Aboriginal information professionals and scholars and four non-Native archivists gathered at the Northern Arizona University Cline Library (Flagstaff, Arizona) for a series of conversations.1 The goal of this invitational conference was to develop best practices for culturally responsive care and use of American Indian archival material held by non-tribal organizations. The participants tackled complex topics, such as the intersection of Native American and Western knowledge systems, to produce a draft document entitled Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. Written from . . .

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