Thursday, December 29, 2016

Navajo Nation Library wants to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral histories | Danny Lewis | December 28, 2016

Archives | Oral Histories | Native Americans

The library is looking for help protecting its tapes

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An audio tape from the oral history collection at the Navajo Nation Library (Irving Nelson)


In the 1960s, the Navajo Culture Center of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO) turned to technology to preserve the oral histories of the Navajo people. Over the course of the next decade, the center recorded thousands of hours of oral histories, logging stories, songs and details about life as experienced by many Navajo elders. But while the preservation effort documented priceless details for generations to come, keeping the stories safe is harder—and more expensive—than it sounds.

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