Alaska Field School - 2017

First Nations Studies - Indigenous Oral Histories

Fairbanks, Alaska
May 21 - 27, 2017

Program Overview

Indigenous communities in Canada are increasingly involved in efforts to maintain and support Indigenous languages and oral histories as part of their ongoing self-determination and sovereignty efforts. Their engagement is also a response too public (government, educational institutions, non-profit and justice to name a few) efforts to engage with such heritage materials. 

The University of Alaska-Fairbanks Rasmuson Library oral history archives and Alaska Native Language Archives are renowned in oral history collection creation, management and development. The UAF collections are extensive and represent a showcase of possibilities for Canadian Indigenous communities looking for leadership, support and innovation in their language and history documentation efforts. 

This field school will provide participants with opportunity to participate in a week-long workshop engaging with oral history collection and stewardship, Indigenous perspectives on library management, and Native language support. Lead by experts from the UAF in these fields, the field school encourages cross-cultural sharing and education in these fields.