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8. Places to Go - On the Net and in the World

Archiving indigenous oral traditions ( 22 Jul 2004:

No doubt some FEL members will find these recent articles to be of interest from Comma, the International Journal on Archives. The issue 2003.1 is exclusively devoted to archives and indigenous peoples with an emphasis on documenting oral traditions worldwide. Of particular interest is this Canadian example, "Archiving Actualities: Sharing Authority with Dane-zaa First Nations," by Robin Ridington and Jillian Ridington, pp. 61-68.

The issue 2004.1 follows with this related linguistic article, "Respect for Fonts: Linguistic Documentation and Lesser-Used Orthographies" by Brian Doyle, pp. 77-86.

Aboriginal Oral Traditions (Halifax, April 21-23, 2005) From Robert M Leavitt ( July 2, 2004:

A conference on "Aboriginal Oral Traditions: Theory, Practice, and Ethics" will be held at the Gorsebrook Research Institute, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 21-23, 2005

The increasing emphasis on traditional Indigenous knowledge in a number of academic disciplines calls for new ways of understanding how Aboriginal communities produce and preserve knowledge. Contemporary environmental, social, and cultural studies of collective knowledge communicated through oral tradition encourage collaboration between researchers inside and outside aboriginal communities. While these partnerships are important in the sharing of knowledge within and beyond communities, they also present challenges. Who should interpret and disseminate such knowledge? For what purpose?

This interdisciplinary conference will explore theory and practice, as well as aspects of research ethics, regarding oral traditions in an Aboriginal context.



We welcome proposals from all disciplines on diverse topics, including:

o archival research on collections of oral narratives
o intellectual property rights and the repatriation of stories
o the importance of oral traditions in contemporary Aboriginal literatures
o storytelling in Aboriginal communities today
o the role of electronic media in the dissemination of oral narratives
o partnership between community and university researchers
o the role of stories in environmental studies
o the role of stories in economic development

The conference will be held at the Gorsebrook Institute, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Native Studies Department of the University of Manitoba and the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute of the University of New Brunswick, and with the participation of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq.

The Gorsebrook Institute is dedicated primarily to promoting and sup- porting interdisciplinary research on Atlantic Canada. While we welcome proposals on a range of topics on Aboriginal oral traditions in any community, a special focus of the conference will be work being done by, with, and in the Aboriginal communities of Atlantic Canada, especially Mi'kmaq communities. The program will include invited Mi'kmaq speakers, a trip to the archives of Acadia University (Silas T. Rand collection), as well as a workshop on Silas Rand's "Legends of the Micmac."

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail a proposal (250-300 words), an abstract (50 words), and a short biographical note (100 words) by September 10, 2004 to: