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Native American Groups Object to Library of Congress Posting Tribal Stories: Critical Linking, February 4, 2020

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

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“As the Library of Congress puts thousands of hours of Native American recordings and thousands of photographs online, some Native American groups are saying culturally sensitive material, often taken without the tribes’ consent, should be a part of the tribal traditional property.

In the first half of the 20th century, anthropologists and sociologists made a substantial number of tribal recordings and took numerous photographs, often without the knowledge or consent of the tribes, material that ended up in the Library of Congress, according to public records.

While the spokesman of Library of Congress said that some photographs that tribes had flagged as objectional are available only by an appointment with the Library, others are displayed under the explanation that these photographs, drawings, engravings, lithographs, posters, and architectural drawings were not made by indigenous peoples and that they, therefore, have no right to them.”

Yeah, sorry, but the “without knowledge or consent” is where you lose me.

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Sapkowski: Not very much, on my own request. I do not like working too hard or too long. By the way, I do not like working at all. ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone at me.’ John 8:7.”

A hell of an interview.

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