From a silent past to a spoken future. Black women’s voices in the archival process

Show simple item record Van der Merwe, Ria 2019-12-10T05:19:50Z 2019-12-10T05:19:50Z 2019
dc.description.abstract In post-colonial societies especially there ‘has been a growing recognition that western archival science and practice reflect and reinforce a privileging of settler/invader/colonist voices and narratives over Indigenous ones, of written over oral records’ (McKemmish, et al., “Distrust in the archives,” 218) and that the archival profession has failed to ‘embrace Indigenous frameworks of knowledge, memory and evidence.’ (Ibid., 212). Dealing with the dilemma of locating marginalized voices in archival collections, scholars have recognized that in order to address the paucity of records on disadvantaged communities, the parameters of what ordinarily would be considered the ‘historical archive’ have to be enlarged. Over the past decades a number of embroidery projects have been established in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa, focusing specifically on black women. Proponents of these projects claim that the construction of story cloths involves the active participation of a community in documenting and making accessible the history of their particular group on their own terms and in providing them with previously denied participation in the archival process. This article will look at the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation embroidered story cloth project as an example of such an archive that could contribute in the writing of a more inclusive history and add another perspective to the history of South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Ria van der Merwe (2019) From a silent past to a spoken future. Black women’s voices in the archival process, Archives and Records, 40:3, 239-258, DOI: 10.1080/23257962.2017.1388224. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2325-7962 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2325-7989 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/23257962.2017.1388224
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Archives and Records Association. This is an electronic version of an article published in Archives and Records, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 239-258, 2019. doi : 10.1080/23257962.2017.1388224. Archives and Records is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Under-documented communities en_ZA
dc.subject Archival participation en_ZA
dc.subject Community archiving en_ZA
dc.subject Embroidered story cloths en_ZA
dc.subject Alternative archival sources en_ZA
dc.subject Inclusive history en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title From a silent past to a spoken future. Black women’s voices in the archival process en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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