Archives and Museums Fostering Relationships with Native Communities


In this presentation, Michael Pahn, Head Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian; Rachel Menyuk, Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian; Nina Sanders, Independent Researcher; Vince Schiffert, History and Culture Teacher at Tuscarora School; and Brian Carpenter, Curator of Native American Materials at the American Philosophical Society discuss two successful collaboration projects between Native nations, community members and non-tribal museums and archives. First, Rachel Menyuk and Nina Sanders discuss how an internship in NMAI's Archive Center resulted in the creation of an online finding aid of Aps√°alooke photographs built upon community knowledge, input, and perspective. Second, Brian Carpenter and Vince Schiffert discuss how the Tuscarora Nation's multi-year collaboration with the American Philosophical Society Library to digitize the APS's entire Tuscarora archival collections, strengthened the Nation's language and cultural initiatives, and helped built a lasting, reciprocal relationship. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.