Local Contexts was founded by Jane Anderson and Kim Christen in 2010. The primary objectives of Local Contexts are to enhance and legitimize locally based decision-making and Indigenous governance frameworks for determining ownership, access, and culturally appropriate conditions for sharing historical, contemporary and future collections of cultural heritage and Indigenous data. Local Contexts is focused on increasing Indigenous involvement in data governance through the integration of Indigenous values into data systems. Local Contexts offers digital strategies for Indigenous communities, cultural institutions and researchers through the TK (Traditional Knowledge) & BC (Biocultural) Labels and Notices. Together they function as a practical mechanism to advance aspirations for Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous innovation.
Local Contexts Co-Directors: Jane Anderson (New York University) Kim Christen (Washington State University) James Francis (Penobscot) Māui Hudson (Whakatо̄hea)
Filmed and Edited by Andreas Burgess Additional Photography Steve Fisher Audio Mix by Lidia Tamplenizza
Music by Laura Ortman “Rapid Lands” | “Shattemus Barge” | “Take Me to the River, Rainbows Every Day” | “Opening Ceremony” And from her score for the film “Gringo Trails” by Pegi Vail and Melvin Estrella (2013): “My Like Was Saved” | “Teeths” | “Fredo I Will Remember You” | “Salt Whites”
Sources Penobscot Nation Whakatо̄hea Māori Trust Board Te Ihi Kā Roa Digitech Team The Moana Project Passamaquoddy People’s Web Portal Sq’ewlets Virtual Museum Oma Traditional Textile Design Database Ravenspace Publishing GEOME Metadata Database The Library of Congress American Folklife Center Denver Museum of Natural History The National Museum of the American Indian Yale Art Museum The American Museum of Natural History American Philosphical Society New York State Museum Te Karere The Field Museum
Special Thanks Te Kahautu Maxwell Andrea Geyer Miriam Barbarich John Moore Jacob Golan Danny Paruru Bryan Hoffa Rangimarie Biddle Courtney Papuni Elizabeth Peterson Nicole Saylor Renee Waiwiri Corrie Roe Felicia Garcia Allison Spangler Shannon Martin Gwen Saul Erica Tomah Emily Johnson Sadia Shepard Stephanie Russo Carroll Purcell Carson Stephanie Batten Bland Michael Wynne Alex Merrill Steve Taylor John Deck Libby Liggins Niki Hunt Diana Lovette
The TK (Traditional Knowledge) Notice is a visible notification that there are accompanying cultural rights and responsibilities that need further attention for any future sharing and use of this material. The TK Notice may indicate that TK Labels are in development and their implementation is being negotiated.