The invasion of Indigenous land by Europeans led to the destruction not only of individual lives, belief systems, and connections with specific land regions in the United States, but also of art, architecture, and embodied cultural practices, including respect for gender orientation. The destruction and diminishment of opportunities for the practice of Indigenous culture have heightened in the current political climate, but they continue to be met by resistance and, in the Indigenous term, "survivance." One pathway of survivance in the face of political, corporate, and other institutional destruction is the preservation of forms of knowledge, art and material culture, and documents related to Indigenous histories. Yet information and patrimony related to the distribution of Native American art and architecture, beliefs and ceremonial practices, and other cultural information is widely dispersed among tribal museums, natural history and art museums, private collections, regional and federal libraries, and digital archives. In this session I invite discussion of digital archives and other ingenious survivance strategies: existing archives and their efficacy, ethical issues related to "mapping" Indigenous communities (including critique), ideas for collaboration among existing archives, and visions of future digital or repatriation resources that would benefit Indigenous communities and historians. Contributions from historians, artists, archivists, and museum professionals all welcome.
Digital Resistance: Indigenous Resources and Cultural Survivance