Bridging histories through intercultural archiving
- March 9, 2023
- Maria Montenegro, UCI global and international studies assistant professor, explains in this piece for Public History Weekly
"Much of the knowledge pertaining to Indigenous peoples/Nations held in the archives has been collected through extractive colonial processes without Tribal consent, leading to the misrepresentation of Indigenous histories. By this I mean that the information accompanying Indigenous records is often one-sided and doesn’t necessarily take into consideration the interpretations made by the Indigenous creators and/or subjects of the records. As the Huna Archive example above illustrates, there is a tangible tension between the ways non-tribal repositories describe Indigenous records and the ways in which Indigenous peoples see them, use them, and understand them."