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New York Folklore’s Critical Folklife Forum: Stewardship, Collections, and Communities

January 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST

Join us for this informative webinar to explore thorny issues around collections, archives, and the stewardship of folklife materials.  What are the best practices for ethnographers and folklorists who are working in partnership with communities?  What is shared stewardship and how does one properly share ethnographic materials?  When, and under what circumstances, are archival repositories obligated to return archival materials?  Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 4:00 – 6:00 to explore these and other issues relating to ethical responsibilities of collections’ holders and ethnographers.

New York Folklore’s Critical Folklife Forum provides an issues-oriented presentation and discussion in the virtual realm, for folklorists and cultural specialists who work with folk and traditional culture and arts. This is the second program in a 3-part series focused on current issues in folk cultural documentation, stewardship, and artistic production that will take place in late 2023 and early 2024.


Andrea Decker, Ph.D.

Andrea Decker is a scholar, musician, and storyteller. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Riverside and a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include generative community use in rematriated/repatriated ethnographic collections; gender, sexuality, and embodiment in Indonesian popular music; and music, affect, and doubt in Mormon communities. As Librarian in Residence at the American Folklife Center, Andrea devises and implements robust protocols for the assessment, documentation, and communication of policies pertaining to rights, access, and usage of ethnographic and oral history collections and analyzes legacy collection agreements to clarify legal and ethical obligations as part of initiatives to improve access.

Raienkonnis Edwards

Mohawk filmmaker and media artist, Raienkonnis Edwards is an artist-in-residence at the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community through the Creatives Rebuild New York program.  He has been conducting oral historical interviews and narratives with video technology to collect and preserve cultural knowledge that is critical for the preservation and future of Six Nations tribes.

Guha Shankar, Ph.D.

Guha Shankar is Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. At the Center he is involved in a range of public outreach programs, including multi-media productions and documentation efforts, seminars, symposia and technical training in documentary initiatives with and for a range of settings. His responsibilities include serving as Coordinator for the Ancestral Voices initiative – a collaborative curation, cataloging and knowledge sharing project with indigenous communities, and liaising with community-based ethnographers for the Community Collections Grant, a Mellon funded initiative. His research interests and publications include issues surrounding intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property for indigenous communities, cultural politics and performance in the Caribbean and developments in the field of ethnographic media production and preservation. He has produced and edited films on material cultural traditions and community life in a variety of cultural contexts.

Joe Stahlman, Ph.D.

Joe Stahlman is a scholar and researcher of Tuscarora descent. He has over 20 years of research experience working with First Peoples. His research focuses on culture and history, as well as ongoing socio-economic and health & wellness related endeavors with Native communities. He takes an active role in addressing the space Native peoples occupy in North American archaeology and cultural resource management. He regularly talks on the need to promote equity among all peoples in North American society through a number of reconciliatory processes which are inclusive for all and empowers people to express agency through creative and intellectual endeavors.  

Register in advance for this webinar:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NFWVqyoERMCtQQ6hK8kKsw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Critical Folklife Forums are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


January 16
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
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