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Culture Corner: UT Libraries Diversity Committee: Culture Corner
The Culture Corner is a project of the UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee. Located on the second floor of Hodges Library in the Dixie Marie Wooten Commons West, the Corner's goal is to explore issues using the Libraries' research collections.
Culture Corner Theme: Round Dance: Learning from Native Stories and Voices - 2020-2021
The 2020-2021 Culture Corner theme is Round Dance: Learning from Native Stories and Voices. The resources featured in this culture corner provide an opportunity to learn from and explore Native American culture and traditions. From books to videos to student organizations to local resources, this guide provides a variety of materials to explore. We invite you to join us in learning more about the lives and experiences of Native Americans through this collection of resources. You may also visit the culture corner site at www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/culture-corner
Prior to the development and widespread use of photography the only way to tell what someone looked like was through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Our principal source for knowing what Indian leaders looked like in the early 19th century is Thomas Loraine McKenney and James Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. This three volume work was illustrated with a 120 color pictures of the various Indian leaders of the time. Special Collections is fortunate to have several editions of this work and a number of the individual images.
The federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) provides institutions receiving federal funding with a process for transferring Native American cultural items to lineal descendants and federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. These cultural items may include human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.
The Native American Student Association (NASA) aims to provide a greater understanding of Native American culture through sponsorship of campus and community events. The group welcomes all members of the UT community who are interested in learning about and teaching about Native cultures.