TITLE: Vanishing Pasts, Ethnographic Presents and Digital Futures: The Case of the Maasai Audiovisual Archives
SPEAKER: Guha Shankar
EVENT DATE: 04/07/2010
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
This international documentary training program is discussed. This program aims to provide indigenous communities with the technical and methodological skills needed to record, maintain and preserve aspects of their traditional cultural heritage and public representations. The presentation provides an inside perspective into the aims, goals and initial results from the program. It is jointly produced by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Maasai Cultural Heritage Foundation, a community-based organization of Maasai people in Laikipia, Kenya, the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland and Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.
Speaker Biography: Guha Shankar is Folklife Specialist in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. His work includes providing training in ethnographic research methods, audio-visual production techniques and archival practices to members of cultural communities, students and scholars in the US and abroad. His research interests, publications and university teaching focus on diasporic community formations in the Caribbean, ethnographic media, visual representation, cultural sustainability and cultural policy.