Dispatches from the Field: Students Archivists and BIPOC Memory with Mia Johnson, Myra Khan, Lourdes Pereira, Elizabeth Quiroga, Jessica Salow
Date(s): Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type(s): Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Family History, History, Indigenous
About this Event
Historically marginalized communities make up over 42% of Arizona’s population yet they represent less than 2% of the material within known archival collections in Arizona.
ASU Library's Community-Driven Archives Initiative (CDA) was established in 2017 with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under the direction of ASU Archivist Nancy Godoy. Since then, it has redefined what an archive can be—moving away from dusty collections of objects to intersectional spaces of healing. Seeing the decolonial impacts of CDA, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center adopted CDA methodology in 2019. Under the leadership of ASU Librarian Alex Soto, the Labriola Center facilitates CDA initiatives in tribal communities.
Although implemented by ASU staff, the CDA Initiatives have been sustained by student workers, volunteers, and elders. These memory workers possess a substantial degree of knowledge and despite their lack of formal archival training, and an expertise that preserves their family and community history. Working outside the archival profession that has largely ignored their voices, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) student and community archivists are reclaiming space to maintain vital community histories and cultural knowledge.
To highlight the pivotal contributions of students to the ASU CDA Initiative, you're invited to Dispatches from the Field: Student Archivists and BIPOC Memory on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.
At this panel, student archivists from ASU’s Community-Driven Archives Initiative team and the Labriola Center will share the power, impact, and importance of their work, what a community archive is, how it can help people work through historical trauma, and how it creates an ongoing source of strength for the community. Panelists will also share concrete tips and suggestions for building your own archives or incorporating archival practices into your own memory work, with plenty of time for audience Q&A.
This event is presented in partnership with the Community Driven Archives Iniatitive and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library, will be live-streamed and recorded, and is open to the public and free.
Looking for more events? Remember the Phoenix Indian School on March 6, celebrate stories of Indigenous family on March 20, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at http://piper.asu.edu/nea-big-read/events.
About NEA Big Read: Phoenix
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at http://piper.asu.edu/big-read.
Support Indigenous Communities
The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at https://phxindcenter.org/financial-support/, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.