American Philosophical Society opens audio archives to tribes

The American Philosophical Society is inviting tribes to examine its collection of 3,000 recordings in Native languages.

Some of the recordings are more than 100 years old. They represent conversations, songs, word lists and other materials from more than 40 tribes.

Some recordings have been digitized and given to tribes. Others have been posted online as part of a virtual exhibit.

But the APS also wants to ensure that recordings of sacred materials aren't released, made public or studied. Tribal scholars can visit the organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to determine how to proceed.

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