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.