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Self-Documented: The 1977 Native American Video Tape Archive

October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Join CCA and IAIA for an evening of rarely seen, recently digitized video clips from the Native American Video Tape Archive (NAVTA), presented with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Archives. Each clip is from a different Indigenous community, presenting a variety of historical subjects, topics, events and personalities. They will be accompanied by a community scholar panel discussion led by IAIA Archivist and Project Director Ryan Flahive and National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Scholar Dan Bigbee, Jr.

The NAVTA project was funded by and produced in cooperation with the Bicentennial Office of The Bureau of Indian Affairs U.S. Dept. of the Interior in 1976. The primary objective of the videotape documentation project was to produce and edit documentary videotape programs of tribal activities, as designated by individual tribes, to help preserve content for future generations. The NAVTA collection is held at the IAIA archive repository. This event is part of a larger preservation and outreach project involving the NAVTA. It is generously funded by the NEH and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

The purpose of the Archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is to collect, preserve, interpret, and provide access to the documentary history of IAIA, the contemporary Native art movement, and American Indian Education. This event corresponds to American Archives Month this October, celebrating the work of archivists all across the country.

The NAVTA videos to be shown represent a variety of Indigenous communities and subjects, ranging from economic development, dances, and pottery demonstrations to wild ricing and pow-wow footage. You can see a tour of the community at Shoalwater bay made up of Quinault, Chinook, and Chehalis people, and a traditional stickball demonstration from Choctaw Indian Fair. Footage also includes a rededication of the grave of Chief Seattle by the Suquamish people, traditional beadworks and a historical narrative of a Sokoagan Objiwa elder.


October 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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