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Indigenous Research & Knowledges in North America: Local Resources

This guide is a starting point for exploring resources related to indigenous knowledges, centering the viewpoints of, and scholarship by, native peoples in North America.

Local Resources


Of Interest

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Papakilo Database

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA’s) Papakilo Database, is the ongoing development of a cutting edge and comprehensive “Database of Databases” consisting of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawai'i’s history. This online repository of data will greatly increase OHA’s ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices, thus providing an invaluable resource to educate other regulatory agencies, OHA’s Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, and the general public.

Chipeta (Ute Tribe)

Ute Nation

The Utes have a tribal membership of 2,970 and over half of its membership lives on the Reservation. They operate their own tribal government and oversee approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land. The Utes also operate several businesses including a Super Market, Gas Stations, Bowling Alley, Tribal Feedlot, Uinta River Technologies, Ute Tribal Enterprises LLC and Water Systems. Cattle raising and mining of oil and natural gas is big business on the reservation. Water Systems manager provides water and sewer needs for several communities.

Public Domain Image.

"Wheel" by Artist Edgar Heap of Birds

Artist Edgard Heap of Birds is a Southern Cheyenne and enrolled in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Wheel structure by artist Edgar Heap of Birds

Wheel. Image used under the Creative Commons License (CC BY-ND 2.0).

"Indian Science" Jaune Quick–to–See Smith

Artist Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is a Native American of French-Cree, Shoshone, and Salish blood.


Painting "Indian Science" by artist Jaune Quick–to–See Smith

Indian Science by Jaune Quick–to–See Smith. Image used under the Creative Commons License  (CC BY 2.0).

Films by and about Ute People

Ute Wisdom, Language and Creation Story

Larry shares his thoughts on the Ute Indian people today and shares Ute wisdom, including the Creation Story.

Larry is a member of the Ute Indian Tribe, and he is a filmmaker and story teller. He's also a veteran who served in Vietnam. He shares Ute wisdom and language.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Seasons of the Nuche: Tales of the Ute People

Nina Gabianelli of the Aspen Historical Society and special guest, Skylar Lomahaftewa of the Northern Ute Tribe look at the role of storytelling in the history of native peoples in Colorado.

Spirit of the Nuche

Historical documentary on the Ute Indian People of Utah and Colorado. Shot on 16mm film in the mid-1990s.