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UA to help digitize Native American oral histories

February 16, 2021 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona will join six other schools to help digitize the oral histories of Native Americans collected during the 1960s and 1970s.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that the project aims to make the histories more accessible to Native communities, tribal colleges and the public.

The universities will use a $1.35 million grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to translate and index the recordings. The foundation says the recordings and materials span 150 Indigenous cultures and include more than 6,500 recordings of people reflecting on their traditions and experiences living on reservations and attending Native American schools.

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The University of Arizona’s Arizona State Museum is the storehouse for more than 800 recordings made between 1938 and 1987 focusing primarily on peoples living in the Southwest U.S. and northern Mexico.