Behind the Archives Door series: Collecting the Northwest: Archives, Indians, Missionaries, and the Curation of Plateau Cultural Heritage, Tues., Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Second Floor Collins Library
Trevor J. Bond, Head of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University
Missionaries to the inland Northwest created the earliest and most substantial archives of Plateau Indian culture. This illustrated presentation examines how collectors with varied motivations amassed American Indian cultural materials. Power and wealth influence who acquires collections and where collections reside often resulting in the geographical dispossession of cultural heritage. However, recent work centered on digital repatriation may provide one method for connecting cultural heritage with their respective communities. Recent work at Washington State University including the development of a new content management system, Mukurtu, seeks to empower local communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically minded ways.
Trevor J. Bond is Head of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries and an Instructor in the Department of History. Bond received his MLIS with a specialization in Archives and Preservation Management and a Masters in Ancient History from UCLA. He has collaborated with regional colleagues on numerous grants to create a series of digital collections at WSU and as part of a team to develop the Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA), a web searchable EAD/XML database funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that allows users to search finding aids for thousands of collections from research institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.
Collins Memorial Library
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