Event: Sacred Breath – Indigenous Writing & Storytelling Series, May 1

Sacred Breath – Indigenous Writing & Storytelling Series

Wednesday, May 1
6:30 – 8:30 PM
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
Sacred Breath is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

This is the fourth event in a series hosted by the Department of American Indian Studies. Sacred Breath features Indigenous writers and storytellers at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Storytelling offers a spiritual connection, a sharing of sacred breath. Literature, similarly, preserves human experience and ideals. Both forms are durable and transmit power that teaches us how to live. Both storytelling and reading aloud can impact audiences through the power of presence, allowing for the experience of the transfer of sacred breath as audiences are immersed in the experience of being inside stories and works of literature. Continue reading

Online Panel – SAA-UW Decolonizing Archives, Feb 9

SAA-UW DECOLONIZING ARCHIVES ONLINE PANEL

Deadline: RSVP by Saturday, February 9, at NOON Pacific Time

Monday, February 11 / 6:00–7:20 p.m. PST

The University of Washington student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA-UW) is pleased to host an online discussion panel with archives practitioners to talk about decolonizing archives, including aspects such as archival re-description, technology and power, balancing different values/protocols, and building relationships with communities.

Panelists: Dorothy Berry, Steven Bingo, Mariecris Gatlabayan, Michael Pahn, Annie Tang

RSVP link: http://bit.ly/decolonizearchives

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/425034688238470/?ti=ia

Dorothy Berry is the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University. She graduated from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University. She currently serves as Chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section of the Society of American Archivists. Her work focuses on the intersections of information science and African American history, working to increase access through digital projects and descriptive equity.

Steven Bingo is the Digital Projects Archivist at Eastern Washington University and currently serves as the coordinator for the Northwest Archivists Native American Collections Roundtable. His work has focused on collections illuminating communities in the Inland Northwest, including Japanese American populations in Yakima and Spokane, immigrant communities in late-19th century Montana, and the temporary band of laborers who helped build Grand Coulee Dam. Steve has also worked on projects such as the Plateau People’s Web Portal, the Sustainable Heritage Network, and a Japanese American taxonomy project organized by Densho.

Mariecris Gatlabayan is Northwest Archivists’ secretary and was responsible for advocating and creating the Northwest Archivists’ Native American Collections Roundtable. She is also the Filipino American National Historical Society’s (FANHS) Secretary and functions as their archives consultant. FANHS is an all-volunteer run organization that has the mission to collect, preserve, and share the history of Filipino Americans. As part of her role as an archivists consultant, Mariecris created an AirTable database in which they can catalog files in their National Pinoy Archives. Through her experience with FANHS, she has come to learn the importance of community archives and how an archivist’s role can evolve into a postcustodial model. She continues to build a relationship with the FANHS executive director and trustees to provide her services in the face of trust and resource issues. Currently she works as an archivist at Vulcan Inc.

Michael Pahn is the Head Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, located in the museum’s Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland. Michael began at NMAI in 2003 as Media Archivist, and been NMAI’s Head Archivist since 2014, during which time he has overseen major improvements to online access to NMAI’s archival collections. Michael is Vice Chair of the Smithsonian Music Executive Committee and is a Past Chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Indigenous Archives Section Steering Committee. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLS from the University of Maryland. His prior professional experiences include Save Our Sounds Project Librarian at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Librarian at The Nature Conservancy.

Annie Tang is the head of Special Collections at Chapman University in Southern California. She was previously the Processing Archivist at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a member of its Diversity Committee, which encouraged more inclusive library recruitment methods. Prior to Hopkins, Annie was an archivist at UC Santa Cruz, processing papers regarding the 1960s and 1970s Black, Native, and Asian American Power Movements. An MLIS graduate of UCLA, she recently served as chair of the Toward Culturally Competent (Re)Description panel at SAA 2018. Annie loves a good bowl of Vietnamese pho, discussing intersectionality, and talking about the differences between East and West Coast weather.