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June 15-18, 2020,  Rhiannon Sorrell (Diné narrations coordinator), Michael Parrish (counter-narrator, Diné College), Melissa Dollman (digital projects manager and archivist), and Jennifer Jenkins (project PI), will present at the Orphan Film Symposium / Counter-Archives Conference held at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Our presentation is titled: "A Diné Response to Educational Film THE NAVAJO MOVES INTO THE ELECTRONIC AGE."

In April 2022, Rhiannon Sorrell was featured in an episode of the Careers in the Public Humanities podcast! "Topics discussed in the episode include recording counternarratives to the original narration tracks recorded by community outsiders for archival films showing indigenous practices, the obstacles that arise when trying to preserve indigenous cultural knowledge in digital or virtual spaces, and why the pandemic has been particularly difficult for indigenous persons in Rhiannon's community and for Navajo language revitalization efforts."

Principal Investigator, Jennifer Jenkins, was featured in this article by the University of Arizona, about the Tribesourcing project and the American Indian Film Gallery.

We are delighted to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project with a 2022 Digital Humanities Advancement Grant which will fund our project's ongoing facilitating of counter-narrations of midcentury sponsored films featuring Southwestern and (new) Southern California Native communities, creating a new field guide to films in our and the American Indian Film Gallery’s collections, and conducting workshops!

In 2021, the journal, KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, published a piece by the project team called "Tribesourcing Southwest Films
Counter-Narrations and Reclamation

Rewiews in Digital Humanities [Vol.2, No. 3, March 2021] wrote a helpful and valuable review of Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project!

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We are so pleased to announce that on November 12, 2020, the Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project won a National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Innovation Award at this year's Digital Preservation 2020 #DigiPres20 conference! To read more:


Diné Narration Coordinator Rhiannon Sorrell was featured in a piece for New Mexico PBS's ¡COLORES! on August 27, 2020.


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“Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Speaking Back to Colonial Rhetoric.” With Dr. Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell. Digital Humanities 2020 (DH2020), Ottawa, ON, Canada, July 22 – 24, 2020 [Virtual conference due Covid-19 pandemic. Online presentation.]

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Click here to watch webinar. Rhiannon Sorrell, Crystal Littleben, Jennifer Jenkins and Melissa Dollman in conversation with Jennifer O'Neal, University of Oregon.

New Mexico Humanities flier for Tribesourcing podcast

Melissa Dollman and Jennifer Jenkins were guests on New Mexico's Humanities Council's "Augmented Humanity Podcast" in June 2020.

Project team members at the 2019 Association of Moving Image Archivists conference

Top [L-R] Rhiannon Sorrell and Crystal Littleben; Bottom [L-R] Melissa Dollman and Jennifer Jenkins presenting at the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference in November 2019. You can see the recorded presentation here. It was part of AMIA's Stewardship of Indigenous Materials conference stream.

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[L-R] Melissa Dollman, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Amy Fatzinger (Jennifer Jenkins is just off-camera) presenting at The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) conference in October 2019.

Description for Tribesourcing panel at 2019 Association of Moving Image Archivists conference

The ATALM conference program description.

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Project postcard, 2019--

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Moving Image Archive News interviewed Jennifer Jenkins back in 2018 on the origins of the project. You can read it here.