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Navajo Nation Library Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

Navajo Nation Library Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

Who "owns" cultural property?

Two recent journal articles published by the Smithsonian Magazine and Library Journal brought a local library preservation issue to my attention: the digitization of thousands of hours of Diné oral histories, songs, and stories recorded in the 1960’s and later discovered stored in an empty jail cell. The Navajo Nation Library in Window Rock, Arizona, hopes to preserve the voices of Diné elders whose interviews from half a century ago survive on gradually decaying audio tapes.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Tuthill, Gail/Number of views (454)/Comments (0)/
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