Tribesourcing Southwest Film offers a resource adding contemporary narrations to mid-twentieth century educational and sponsored films produced by Indigenous communities and now archived in the University of Arizona library. These new narratives are designed to counter inaccuracies and cultural biases in the original narrations. The project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Arizona, and “wisdom from our tribal partners.”
Tribesourcing Southwest Film works to locate community-vetted narrators for films. To date, 16 films have been re-narrated, including works by Navajo/Diné, by Apache/Inde (Ndee), and Akimel O’odham/Pima.
Other communities whose films are part of the collection include Cahuilla, Havasupai/Supai, Hopi, Navajo/Diné, Pueblo/Puebloan, Tohono O’odham/Papago, Yokut, as well as those that are Intertribal/Pan-Indian. Work is done according to the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (2006).