Community First: Indigenous Community-Based Archival Provenance

My latest article co-written with Skylee-Storm Hogan is out. Titled, “Community First: Indigenous Community-Based Archival Provenance” this article appears in a special issue of Across the Disciplines, focused on unsettling archives.

Here’s the abstract of our article:
Archives contain records that document the lives, cultures, and histories of Indigenous communities that are often organized within a governmental or colonial creation structure. This structure can create barriers to access for Indigenous communities and researchers that depend on those records. This article re-imagines archival methods of organization and proposes archival provenance based on Indigenous community needs and understanding.

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Laughter Filled the Space: Challenging Euro-Centric Archival Spaces

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My latest article, written with Skylee-Storm Hogan is now out in the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. Our article, “Laughter Filled the Space: Challenging Euro-Centric Archival Spaces” looks at the physical spaces of archives and the ways in which archives can be more welcoming to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous community researchers.

Summer Reading Plans

Person reading a book on a couch. Sign saying "Sorry for what I said when it was winter"

It is finally warm outside! And though summer is still awhile away, Spring is definitely in the air and I have been thinking about my summer reading goals.  I also have a fair bit of travel coming up in May and June, so I plan on getting a head start on some summer reads.  My reading list currently includes:

Archival Theory and Archival Practice

  • Melanie Delva, “Decolonizing the Prisons of Cultural Identity: Denominational Archives and Indigenous ‘Manifestations of Culture‘”, Toronto Journal of Theology (2018): 1-17.
  • Trish Luker, “Decolonising Archives: Indigenous Challenges to Record Keeping in ‘Reconciling’ Settler Colonial States”, Australian Feminist Studies 32 (2017): 108-125.  DOI:
  • Michelle Caswell, “Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives”, The Library Quarterly 87, no. 3 (July 2017): 222-235.  DOI:
  • Jimmy Zavala et al., “‘A process where we’re all at the table’: community archives challenging dominant modes of archival practice”, Archives and Manuscripts 45, no. 3 (2017 ): 202-2015. DOI: 10.1080/01576895.2017.1377088

Public History and Community Engagement 

  • Aaron Glass, “Drawing on Museums: Early Visual Fieldnotes by Franz Boas and the Indigenous Recuperation of the Archive”,  American Anthropologist  120, no. 1 (2018): 72-88 DOI: 10.1111/aman.12975
  • Shauna MacKinnon, ed. Practising Community-Based Participatory Research: Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Pam Schwartz, et al., “Rapid-Response Collecting after the Pulse Nightclub Massacre,” The Public Historian 40, no. 1 (2018): 105-114. DOI: 10.1525/tph.2018.40.1.105
  • Trevor Owens, “Digital Sources & Digital Archives: The Evidentiary Basis of Digital History” in Companion to Digital History ed. by David Staley. DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/T5RDY

Indigenous Histories and Narratives

  • Emily Snyder, Gender, Power, and Representations of Cree Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Jane Dickson, By Law or In Justice: The Indian Specific Claims Commission and the Struggle for Indigenous Justice (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Leanne Simpson, Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs (Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2013)
  • Kate McCoy, Eve Tuck and Marcia McKenzie (eds), Land Education: Rethinking Pedagogies of Place from Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Decolonizing Perspectives (London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016).

For Fun

  • Uncanny Magazine.  If you like diverse narratives and SFF this is my go to recommended read.  Plus, co-editor Lynne M. Thomas is an archivist, so one could almost make the argument that it is kind of work related…right?

What is on your summer reading list? 

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