Correcting the Record

Putting indigenous women back into history
Strong Voices, Indigenous Women

While America’s indigenous population at large is underrepresented in politics and popular culture, Native women are even more marginalized. Two events hosted by the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America called attention to this absence, and one allowed participants to take steps to rectify it.

In a lecture titled “A Company of These Women: Digital Methods of Silence in the Archives of Native Women’s History,” Maeve Kane, an assistant professor of history at the University at Albany, discussed how digital methods can be used to learn from archival records in which indigenous women are absent.

The Schlesinger also devoted a Wikipedia edita-thon to Native women. “Strong Voices, Indigenous Women” invited members of the Harvard community and beyond—no previous experience required—to write new Wikipedia entries or supplement existing ones to increase the volume of accurate information online about indigenous women. Research librarians and Wikipedia experts were on hand to assist newbies with possible subjects, reference materials, and online resources. In this way, the library helped address an information imbalance.

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