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Great Lakes Research Alliance
for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures

August 2022 Newsletter

 
Aanii!  She:kon!  Yiheh!  Welcome!  Bienvenue!

In this newsletter you will find news from, about, and of interest to GRASAC members and subscribers.

Stories in this issue:
  • GRASAC RAs Receive CDHI Fellowships
  • Projet de numérisation des manuscrits sur les langues autochtones
Events and Exhibitions:
  • International Iroquois Beadwork Conference 
  • REGALIA: Indigenous Pride
  • Neebing Indigenous Art Fair
  • Archives and Knowledge Keepers Symposium Call for Proposals
  • 8th Annual Repatriation Conference
  • Indigenous Food Market
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GRASAC RAs Receive CDHI Fellowships

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI), part of the Digital Humanities Network based at the University of Toronto, works to foster “trans-disciplinary collaborations that emphasize questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in digital humanities research.” The Initiative brings faculty, students, and digital technical experts together to innovate critical digital humanities theory and practice.
 
CDHI has supported GRASAC and associated researchers in the past. This year, two GRASAC research assistants - Aiden Mitchell-Boudreau and Bradley Clements - have been granted CDHI fellowships. Congratulations to them! These fellowships include mentorship, communities of practice, and financial support to develop digital humanities skills and projects.

Aidan Mitchell-Boudreau, Summer 2022 CDHI Undergraduate Fellow
Aidan Mitchell-Boudreau is a third-year undergraduate student double majoring in Ethics, Society, and Law and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations with a minor in Music History and Culture. She is most passionate about the areas of digital ethics that relate to privacy, data security, Indigenous data governance, and computational creativity. After working as an RA for GRASAC under the supervision of Prof. Bohaker and Prof. Krmpotich this past year, her current project focuses on working with the GRASAC team to assess their ethical guidelines in accordance with OCAP and UNDRIP.
 
Bradley Clements, 2022-2023 CDHI Graduate Fellow
Bradley Clements is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, where he studies the roles of Canadian and American heritage institutions in relation to treaties with Great Lakes Indigenous nations. Over his CDHI Fellowship, Bradley will be theorizing and digitally curating a timeline of Great Lakes treaty history in collaboration with GRASAC.
 
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The Sulpicians were a leading force in missionization and colonization in New France, and have since engaged in similar activities in other parts of the world. These relations are important to recognize, as demonstrated by Pope Francis’ recent journey on Turtle Island and varied Indigenous responses.

Sulpician records about Indigenous peoples and languages of northeastern Turtle Island have been useful to researchers, including some associated with GRASAC. Until now, these records have been challenging to access, hence the value of the digitization project shared below. 

Note that an English translation of the original French press release is provided below.

Projet de numérisation des manuscrits sur les langues autochtones
par Fannie Dionne & L’Univers culturel de Saint-Sulpice

Sulpician records about Indigenous peoples and languages of northeastern Turtle Island have been useful to researchers, including some associated with GRASAC. Until now, these records have been challenging to access, hence the value of the digitization project shared below:

L’Univers culturel de Saint-Sulpice (UCSS) est fier de rendre accessible en ligne un premier corpus de 40 manuscrits datant de la période du XVIIe au XIXe siècle, rédigés par des Sulpiciens, ayant servi à l’apprentissage et à la transmission des langues autochtones à Montréal et dans les environs. Ces documents, qui totalisent plus de 6 200 pages, forment un ensemble unique du patrimoine des Sulpiciens de Montréal, et tous y ont désormais accès. Afin de replacer ces manuscrits dans leur contexte historique et de mettre en lumière le point de vue des peuples autochtones, l’UCSS a bénéficié des services de consultation du docteur en sociologie, Guy Sioui Durand, Huron-Wendat. « Désormais, nous souhaitons que rien ne soit écrit sur nous sans nous. Ce projet permet de remonter aux sources d’il y a près de 350 ans et de documenter ces moments d’alliance entre peuples autochtones et européens. Il met au jour des manuscrits ayant servi à la communication entre ces peuples. Ce sont là de précieux témoins matériels des relations que les Européens ont tissées avec nos ancêtres, que nous tentons encore aujourd’hui de mieux comprendre », affirme M. Sioui Durand.

Fannie Dionne, docteure en histoire spécialiste des manuscrits missionnaires sur les langues autochtones, travaille quant à elle à en faire la description. « La rédaction et l’utilisation de ces manuscrits sur les langues autochtones se sont faites sur une longue période historique, dont une partie n’est peu ou pas couverte par les documents d’autres congrégations religieuses », explique Mme. Dionne. « Ce sont des archives précieuses pour les chercheurs de plusieurs disciplines, dont l’histoire et la linguistique, la sociologie ou la toponymie. » 
 
L’UCSS remercie ces deux consultants pour leur précieuse collaboration au projet dont la genèse s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’Année internationale des langues autochtones (2019) proclamée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (AGNU) et qui se déploie alors que la Décennie des langues autochtones s’est ouverte au début de l’année 2022.
 
Contributions de partenaires
 
Le projet de numérisation des manuscrits sur les langues autochtones a été rendu possible grâce au Programme pour les collectivités du patrimoine documentaire offert par Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC). L’UCSS tient à souligner également la contribution de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), qui a entre autres réalisé la numérisation des manuscrits. Il remercie chaleureusement ces deux partenaires.

Enfin, l’UCSS se réjouit de l’annonce du 17 mai 2022 de BAC qui lui octroie une deuxième subvention visant la diffusion en ligne, au cours de la prochaine année, de plus d’une centaine d’autres manuscrits liés à l’apprentissage des langues autochtones, dont le dernier date de 1932-1934.

Pour en savoir plus et pour voir les manuscrits
Lire le communiqué de presse complet
Indigenous Language Manuscript Digitization Project (English translation)
from Fannie Dionne & L’Univers culturel de Saint-Sulpice

The Univers Culturel de Saint-Sulpice (UCSS) is proud to make available online a first corpus of 40 manuscripts dating from the 17th to the 19th century, written by Sulpicians and used for the learning and transmission of Indigenous languages in Montréal and the surrounding area. These documents, which total more than 6,200 pages, form a unique part of the heritage of the Sulpicians of Montréal, and are now available to all. In order to place these manuscripts in their historical context and to highlight the perspective of Indigenous peoples, the UCSS has benefited from the consulting services of Dr. Guy Sioui Durand, a Huron-Wendat. "From now on, we want nothing to be written about us without us. This project makes it possible to go back to the sources of nearly 350 years ago and to document these moments of alliance between Indigenous and European peoples. It brings to light manuscripts that were used for communication between these peoples. These are precious material witnesses to the relationship that Europeans had with our ancestors, which we are still trying to better understand today," says Mr. Sioui Durand. 
 
Fannie Dionne, a doctor of history specializing in missionary manuscripts on Indigenous languages, is working on a description. "The writing and use of these manuscripts on Indigenous languages took place over a long historical period, part of which is not covered by the documents of other religious congregations," explains Ms. Dionne. "These are valuable archives for researchers in many disciplines, including history and linguistics, sociology or toponymy." 
 
UCSS thanks these two consultants for their valuable collaboration on the project, whose genesis is part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019) proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and which unfolds as the Decade of Indigenous Languages opened in early 2022. 
 
Partner Contributions 
 
The Indigenous Languages Manuscript Digitization Project was made possible through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program offered by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The UCSS would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), which, among other things, digitized the manuscripts. The UCSS warmly thanks these two partners. 
 
Finally, the UCSS is pleased with the announcement of May 17, 2022 by LAC that it has been awarded a second grant for the online dissemination, over the next year, of more than 100 other manuscripts related to Indigenous language learning, the last of which dates from 1932-1934.
EVENTS & EXIBITIONS

International Iroquois Beadwork Conference
from Callie Hill

The 2022 International Iroquois Beadwork Conference will be occurring next month, from September 16-18, at the Mohawk Community Centre in Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory), Ontario, Canada.

Please register as soon as possible.

The program includes presentations, competitions, sales, silent auction, lunch, dinner, and a keynote from Rick Hill. There may still be room in the program for more speakers and vendors; please indicate on your registration if you are interested in participating in these ways.
 

Learn More Here
Image of Derek Martin in Regalia
Image: Derek Martin, Mohawk Six Nations of the Grand River, Onatrio. © Roland Lorente

REGALIA: Indigenous Pride
from Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

REGALIA: Indigenous Pride is on now until October 30, 2022 at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives. 

Twenty-two vibrant photographs and interviews capture the movement and beauty of powwow dance and through personal stories, visitors hear directly from dancers about the significance of powwow and their regalia.
"We chose to focus on the magnificence of powwow regalia because each one encapsulates generations of skill and pride. Each piece tells a story of the cultural traditions, the unique personalities of the dancers, and the many hands that have worked on these pieces." – Roland Lorente, photographer
Regalia: Indigenous Pride is complemented by a display of historic beadwork and works from the following Indigenous artists:

  • Beadwork by Naomi Smith
  • Regalia by Diane Smoke-Thomas and Giniw (Graham) Paradis
  • Short film, Homage to Four in Paris, by Shelly Niro, spotlighting Barry Ace’s performance art, A Reparative Act
Learn More Here
Neebing Indigenous Art Fair
from Mishiikenh Kwe

Featuring Thomas Sinclair, Mishiikehn Kwe (Autumn Smith), Chief Lady Bird, Luke Swinson, Blake Angeconeb, and Alanah Jewell Morningstar, the Neebing Indigenous Art Fair is happening from August 6-21, 2022. The location is 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Waterloo, Ontario. Tickets are available for $15 online and $25 at the door.
 
Learn More and Buy Tickets Here

Archives and Knowledge Keepers Symposium Call for Proposals
from Boston University American and New England Studies

We welcome submissions of proposals from early-career scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) to participate in a one-day symposium at Boston University, on May 4, 2023.
 
This symposium aims to showcase the work of scholars who are inspired by Indigenous modes of knowledge production that might engage textual archives but also use artifacts, oral tradition, and non-alphabetic material texts. Relatedly, it aims to further reflection and discussion among attendees upon the methods, resources, and aesthetic practices we use to tell stories about the past. Presentations (25-30 minutes) should be drawn from current research projects and include reflections on these methodological issues.
 
Philip J. Deloria, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University, will read the presentations in advance and deliver a formal response at the conclusion of the symposium.
 
To be eligible for this symposium, scholars must be in the early stages of their career and from a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the academy.  “Early stage” is defined as someone who is working on a dissertation or has a Ph.D. but does not have a tenure-track appointment.
 
We are planning this as an in-person event to be held on BU’s campus. Participants in the symposium will receive a modest honorarium, travel expenses, and lodging in Boston for two nights.
 
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2022.
 

Learn More Here

8th Annual Repatriation Conference
from the Association on American Indian Affairs

The return of Indigenous Peoples Cultural Heritage requires all of us to remember our connections with the past. Our 8th Annual Repatriation Conference is themed “ReACTivating Our Ancestral Connections” because we must ACT together to reACTivate our relationships with one another and our relationships with the past to create a world where diverse Indigenous cultures and values are lived, protected and respected.
 
The 8th Annual Repatriation Conference continues the longstanding legacy of the Association on American Indian Affairs to work at a grassroots level in order to strengthen our national and collective futures. This year’s Conference will be held on October 11, 12 & 13, 2022. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will be hosting at the Four Winds Casino & Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan.
 
Early-bird registration is due August 31, 2022. Those in need of a scholarship to support their conference attendance can apply through August 15, 2022.
 

Learn More and Register Here
Indigenous Food Market
from Fort York National Historic Site

A weekly Indigenous Food Market with talks and performances takes place at Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Rd.) every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., from July 13 to October 5.
 
Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin is an Indigenous food sovereignty collective and social enterprise focused on feeding the spirit of community through connections to healthy, whole and nutritious food. Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin invites vendors that are connected to Indigenous Foodways, food sovereignty, and Elder and community wellness, to provide healthy, fresh, traditional and fun Indigenous food for the public.
 
Learn More Here
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