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Modesta Yangmog of Asor Island, Ulithi Atoll interviewing master lavalava weaver Conchita Leyangrow of Lamotrek Atoll in Talguw on Yap Island
Modesta Yangmog interviewing master lavalava weaver Conchita Leyangrow of Lamotrek Atoll in Talguw on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia. The interview is part of the Habele Outer Island Education Fund community-led cultural documentation project, Warp and Weft of the Remathau: Traditional Weaving on the Ulithi Atoll, as supported by a 2022 American Folklife Center Community Collections Grant. Photo by N. Mellon, 2022.

Save the Date: Community-driven Archives Online Discussion Event

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The discussion event, Community-driven Archives: Local Needs/Global Practices in Safeguarding Living Cultural Heritage, will be held online on Friday, September 8th, 2023 from 10:30am – 2:30pm Eastern Time (GMT-4). See updated post with detailed event information here.




Hosted by the American Folklife Center, home to one of the oldest and largest ethnographic archives in the world, Community-driven Archives comprises two roundtable discussions, bringing together scholars and professionals to share and discuss examples of community-guided documentation and archival preservation work, foregrounding issues of ethics and equity, community self-representation and ownership, as well as access, from international perspectives.

Guiding questions include: What roles can archives play in uplifting and safeguarding people’s cultural knowledge, living traditions and expressions? And in what ways can cultural documentation, through archival preservation and access processes, be community led?

The event is facilitated with support from the American Folklore Society and the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore.

Schedule and Participants

More detailed information can be found at this updated post here.

10:30am Eastern Time: Welcome and introduction to the American Folklife Center

Roundtable 1) 11:00am – 12:30pm ET: Documenting living traditions and the changing roles of archives: a global view

Moderator: Robert Baron, Goucher College

Anthony Seeger, Professor Emeritus UCLA and Curator Emeritus Smithsonian Institution

Shubha Chaudhuri, Associate Director General (Academic), Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies

Maryna Chernyavska, Digital Archivist, University of Alberta Archives, Libraries and Museums

Andy Kolovos, Associate Director and Archivist, Vermont Folklife Center

Roundtable 2) 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET: Community-driven Archives in Action: Approaches and Impacts

Moderator: Michelle Stefano, American Folklife Center

Michelle Caswell, Professor, UCLA, Co-Director, UCLA Community Archives Lab

Ashley Minner Jones, Artist, Folklorist, Assistant Curator for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Patrick Maundu, Kenya Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, National Museums of Kenya

Junious Brickhouse, Founder and Executive Director, Urban Artistry, Inc.

You can register for the event by clicking here. And find the updated event information here.

Comments (2)

  1. Is there still a plan to post the recording for those who registered or for the public? Thank you!

    • Yes, once it’s ready, the recording will be made available via this blog and the Library’s YouTube channel. Thank you!

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