Monthly Archives: August 2017

Repatriating the Voices of Indian Country

All across the United States, hundreds of wax cylinder recordings containing the voices of Native elders are decaying to the point of no return. Fortunately, recent innovations at Berkeley’s Lawrence Laboratories have made it possible to retrieve recordings that archivists … Continue reading

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The “Indian Phoenix”

Occasionally, in searching archives for Native American materials, archivists uncover strange things. This summer, for example, Brian Carpenter, Curator of Native American Materials at the American Philosophical Society (APS), reached out to me by email to find out if I … Continue reading

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The Deep Time of Repatriation

In addition to demanding recognition of Native peoples’ presence in the contemporary scene, repatriation also necessitates recollection of the deep time of indigenous occupation of the western hemisphere. For much of the past century, scientists were fixated on Beringia—the area … Continue reading

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