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Rhiannon Sorrell

Rhiannon Sorrell
Diné College · Library

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Additional affiliations
August 2014 - present
Dine College
Position
  • Librarian
Education
August 2011 - May 2014
University of Rhode Island
Field of study
  • Creative Nonfiction
August 2011 - May 2014
University of Rhode Island
Field of study
  • Academic Librarianship; Information Literacy

Publications

Publications (8)
Article
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As a work in progress, the Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project seeks to decolonize midcentury US educational films about the Native peoples of the Southwestern United States by recording counter-narrations from cultural insiders. These films originate from the American Indian Film Gallery, a collection awarded to the University of Arizona (UA) in...
Presentation
Conference Presentation [Virtual Due to COVID 19 Pandemic] at the Digital Humanities 2020 Conference in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Presentation
In this NEH funded project, existing "social studies" films were brought back into Indian Country where they were made in the 1950s and 60s and new narrations were recorded by community members and elders from the insider point of view. This "tribesourcing" method allows for identification of local knowledge that might otherwise be lost, as well as...
Chapter
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This chapter discusses some of the challenges faced by tribal libraries. Considering the information provided throughout the rest of this volume, it is clear that some of the core issues-such as poor broadband availability, difficulties in achieving economies of scale, and barriers to collaboration-are shared between tribal institutions and rural l...
Conference Paper
When Native voice in creative nonfiction breaks the preconceived mold of autobiography, Native writers are accused of writing fiction or poetry, the most enticing vehicles for modern Native literary expression. Though it is true that most Native writers write from a space of liminality, including traditional notions of “fiction” and “nonfiction,” t...

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Our NEH-funded project seeks to "tribesource" dozens of educational films about the Native peoples of the Southwestern U.S. works from the American Indian Film Gallery, a collection awarded to the University of Arizona in 2011. Most of the films were made in the mid-20th century and reflect mainstream cultural attitudes of the day. Often the narration pronounces meaning that is inaccurate or disrespectful, but the visual narratives are for the most part quite remarkable. This project seeks to rebalance the historical record, intentionally shifting emphasis from external perceptions of Native peoples to the voices, knowledge, and languages of the peoples represented in the films by participatory recording of new narrations for the films.