Archiving Project with Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Wins Award
Nathan Georgitis, Archivist for the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore, is working with the Oregon Folklife Network and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Culture & Heritage Department to digitize historical tribal sound recording for preservation and access. Nathan installed an audio preservation workstation and trained a tribal archivist in preservation recording. Tribal archivists Valerie Switzler and Dana Smith have now digitized approximately 250 analog cassettes dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. The tapes contain documentation of the tribal languages of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute peoples, as well as pow wow songs, oral history interviews, stories and legends, and tribal council meetings. Among the most important recordings to the tribes are those documenting Washaat religious services, the Warm Springs Sahaptin language, and contemporary and historical uses of natural resources in the Columbia River watershed. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded the project an Excellence in Oregon Heritage Award in 2014.