Going Home: The Digital Return of Films at the National Museum of the American Indian

Jennifer R O'Neal


This article highlights the recent initiative at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Archive Center to preserve and digitally return manuscripts and films to indigenous communities. The paper details the project’s first phase of preservation and collaborative curation of the historic films in the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation’s collection, specifically the Zuni film series from the early 20th century that depict traditional lifeways and cultural practices. In addition, the initiative explores the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned with collaborative project between a large national museum and a tribal community museum.


Archives, Collaboration; Film; Manuscripts; Museums; Digitization; Preservation

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