October 10, 2018: #ATALM2018
For Our People: Past, Present, and Future
Aloha kākou! I am writing from beautiful Prior Lake, Minnesota, the location of the 11th Annual International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Mni Sota (“The Land Where the Waters Reflect the Sky”) is known as the ancestral homeland to the Dakota and Ojibwe people. It is a privilege to hear their origin stories and learn about their history that dates back over 10,000 years.
On October 10, Ka Huli Ao’s digital archives program Punawaiola received the 2018 International Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) Guardians of Culture and Lifeways Award for Archives Excellence. ATALM’s international awards program “identifies and recognizes organizations who serve as outstanding examples of how indigenous archives, libraries and museums contribute to the vitality and sovereignty of Native Nations.” Ka Huli Ao is honored and humbled to receive this prestigious indigenous award.
The theme for this year’s ATALM conference is: “For Our People: Past, Present, and Future”—an apt description for much of what we strive to do at Ka Huli Ao. At ATALM’s conference, renowned attorney, author and scholar Walter Echo-Hawk summarized the calling for all guardians of heritage as follows: “As indigenous people, we alone are responsible for ensuring the future of our cultures. In this high calling, we are aided by indigenous institutions that pass our heritage from one generation to another. Let us resolve to do the best we can.” Wise words of encouragement indeed! E hoʻomau!