2017 NCAIS Spring Workshop | Newberry

2017 NCAIS Spring Workshop

2017 NCAIS Spring Workshop Participants

Indigenous Languages and Literatures in the Colonial Archive
Thursday, March 9, 2017Saturday, March 11, 2017

Amherst College

Prof. Jenny L. Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Prof. Birgit Brander Rasmussen, SUNY- Binghamton University Mike Kelly, Head, Archives & Special Collections, Amherst College
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
NCAIS Spring Workshop in Research Methods

This workshop will explore indigenous language and literacy resources in the collections of Amherst College. Traditionally the purview of historians, archives are now drawing researchers from a range of disciplines including literary scholars, linguists, art historians, along with tribal communities searching for language records as part of revitalization programs. Histories and archives have often served settler colonialism and participated in the erasure of Native voices, literacies, and anti-colonial resistance. How can scholars resist, rather than reproduce, the coloniality of such sites and practices? Can the archives be decolonized and if so, how?

Assistant professor of Anthropology and director of the Native American and Indigenous Language Lab at UIUC Jenny L. Davis will lead discussions about Native American language recovery and revitalization while Birgit Brander Rasmussen, author of the prize-winning study Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and Early American Literature (Duke UP, 2012), will guide explorations of indigenous literacy practices. Mike Kelly (Head of Archives & Special Collections) will show highlights from the Kim-Wait/Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930. Given the archival complicity with settler colonialism’s erasure of Native peoples, languages, literacies, and knowledges, what kind of recovery is possible? If materials are scattered in ways that are difficult to trace using standard search engines, how may scholars and community members recover fragments that current cataloguing practices render invisible? Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection including extremely rare publications by Samson Occom, William Apess, Gertrude Bonnin, Joy Harjo, Gerald Vizenor, and others. He will be joined by Kiara Vigil, Assistant professor of American Studies, and author of Indigenous Intellectuals:Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930. Given the archival complicity with settler colonialism’s erasure of Native peoples, languages, literacies, and knowledges, what kind of recovery is possible? If materials are scattered in ways that are difficult to trace using standard search engines, how may scholars and community members recover fragments that current cataloguing practices render invisible?

Workshop Participants:

Kaipo Matsumoto, Harvard University

Shelisa Klassen, University of Manitoba

Michael Albani, Michigan State University

Bonnie Etherington, Northwestern University

Isabel Lockhart Smith, Princeton University

Heather Caverhill, University of British Columbia

Renata Burchfield, University of Colorado - Boulder

Sarah Johnson, University of Illinois

John Little, University of Minnesota

Shawna Begay, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Loyola Bird, University of New Mexico

Lindsay Marshall, University of Oklahoma

Jordan Craddick, University of Washington

Monea Warrington, University of Wisconsin

Anthony Trujillo, Yale University

Cost and Registration Information 

The Spring Workshop is only available to graduate students in NCAIS-affiliated institutions