• Decolonizing Archival Methodology: Combating hegemony and moving towards a collaborative archival environment

    Author(s):
    Taylor R. Genovese (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Indigenous Studies, Library & Information Science
    Subject(s):
    Anthropology, Archival studies, Archives, Decolonization, Indigenous peoples, Library science, Social justice
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Indigenous rights
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/42my-t697
    Abstract:
    The foundation of archival methodology is influenced by colonialism and imperialism. This paternalistic system has created a hegemonic environment that has directly influenced archivists working with Indigenous materials. While positive steps have been made, such as the enactment of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (2006), severe limitations exist due to a difference in worldview and cultural beliefs. In order to reverse the effects of hegemony and decolonize archival methodology, an exerted effort must be made to increase collaboration between archives and Indigenous communities. Furthermore, higher education must attract Indigenous students to information science programs in order to create a more diverse workforce. However, in order to enact lasting change in methodology, the archival profession must receive an injection of activist principles. These principles will help advance decolonizing initiatives and ensure the end of paternalism and colonialism in archival science.
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