Dr. Timothy Powell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His current work involves developing large-scale digitization projects of Native American culture and working with indigenous communities to make sure these materials are made available locally for language preservation and cultural revitalization. He works closely with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Ojibwe, Tuscarora, and the Penobscot. He is the Director of Native American Projects at the American Philosophical Society, where he is overseeing the digitization of more than 3000 hours of audio recordings related to Native American, Native Alaskan, and First Nations cultures. He is also a Consulting Scholar at the Penn Museum.
Native American Religions
The author of numerous books and articles, his most recent work is “Anthropology of Revitalization: Digitizing the American Philosophical Society’s Native American Collections,” which will appear in the collection Franz Boas: Ethnographer, Theorist, Activist, Public Intellectual, ed. Regna Darnell, forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Powell is active in the field of Digital Humanities and recently wrote two articles detailing his work in this area: “Negotiating the Cultural Turn in the Digital Humanities,” Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come, ed. Jerome McGann (Houston, TX: Rice University Press, 2010) and “Encoding Culture: Building a Digital Archive Based on Traditional Ojibwe Codes of Conduct,” The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, eds. Amy Earhart and Andrew Jewell (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011). Dr. Powell also edits two websites Gibagadinamaagoom: An Ojibwe Digital Archive, which is used by Ojibwe scholars, tribal college students, and high school students for language preservation and researching their tribal history. Digital Partnerships with Indian Communities (DPIC) is a website supported by SAS Computing that allows Penn students to play an active role in developing exhibits that are used by Native Communities. Most recently, his students created material that will be used in an Exhibit on Cherokee Stickball at the Junaluska Museum, owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.