Tim Powell awarded NEH grant to build a digital archive at Ojibwe Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Tim Powell, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies,  
was recently awarded a Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and  
Universities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities  
through Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, on one of the  
Ojibwe Indian reservations in northern Minnesota. Dr. Powell will  
serve as the co-project director of the grant, entitled "Teaching  
Ojibwe Values through Stories and Songs: Building a Digital  
Repository at the Ojibwewomining Center" ($100K).  Partners on the  
project include the Library of Congress (LOC), the American  
Philosophical Society (APS), and the University of Pennsylvania.  
More than 100 hours of audio recordings from the LOC and APS will be  
repatriated to the new Ojibwemowing Resource Center at the Tribal  
College ('Ojibwemowining' means, 'place where people speak the  
Ojibwe language').

The digital materials that will be repatriated include Ojibwe songs  
recorded on wax cylinders in 1907 by Frances Densmore, one of the  
first women to work in the field of anthropology.  These songs will  
be re-recorded by a drum circle of Ojibwe women, which will then be  
used in language preservation and cultural revitalization projects  
that reach Ojibwe high school and tribal colleges students across  
northern Minnesota.  Penn hosts the website for the project,  
Gibagadinamaagoom (?to Sanction, to Give Authority, to Bring to  
Life?).  Four Penn undergraduates will be working on the project.