The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) will be convening an Indigenous Materials Institute in the Four Corners area of Colorado, June 5-8, 2011. Co-hosted by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, Colorado, this three-day institute will focus on challenges that are specific to the care of indigenous materials found in archives, libraries, and museums – artifacts, collectibles, photographs, recordings, maps, and much more.
Participants to the three-day Indigenous Materials Institute include staff and volunteers from tribal and non-tribal archives, libraries, and museums located throughout the nation, along with college students pursuing degrees and research in these fields. The wide variety of sessions and hands-on workshops are designed to serve participant needs in order to provide the best possible stewardship for indigenous materials in their collections or care. These programs range from caring for and storing textiles to creating exhibits; starting a tribal museum to locating funding; and, recording oral histories to using digital technology.
Located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, the Sky Ute Casino & Resort in Ignacio will serve as the host hotel while providing classrooms and venues for evening events, as will the Center of Southwest Studies and the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum.
ATALM is a non-profit organization funded through grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) out of Washington, D.C. and housed at the Oklahoma Department of Libaries. The organization is built on the foundation of earlier efforts beginning in 2002 with the first National Conference in Mesa, Arizona and sponsored by Arizona State Museum and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. Subsequent conferences, workshops, and institutes have been held nationally in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
For more information regarding registration and scholarships, go to www.atalm.org, phone 405-522-3515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.