Powwows are large social gatherings of Native Americans who follow traditional dances started centuries ago by their ancestors, and which continually evolve to include contemporary aspects. These events of drum music, dancing, singing, artistry and food, are attended by Natives and non-Natives, all of whom join in the dancing and take advantage of the opportunity to see old friends and teach the traditional ways to a younger generation. Repository: National Museum of the American Indian

Oral History Committee

Chairs: Anne Kelly, Jenni Matz, and Teague Schneiter

The Oral History Committee seeks to provide a forum for generating interest in the intersections between moving image archives and oral history.

Members share experiences, challenges, use of emerging technologies and new legal/ethical issues surrounding oral history practice. Members collaborate to problem-solve common issues and help identify and craft best standards and practices for creating, preserving, and disseminating oral histories recorded on audio and video.

The committee helps to guide the moving image archive community, information professionals, and allied communities in working with oral history materials.