A defense of native Americans' rights over their traditional cultural expressions

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Abstract

The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM) recommend best practices for dealing with Native American traditional cultural expressions (TCE) and traditional knowledge (TK) held in libraries and archives. The Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association have declined to endorse the recommendations of PNAAM, because some of them appear to be inconsistent with current ethical guidelines. This paper analyzes the key question in this controversy: Do Native Americans have a moral right to control access to their TCE and TK? It is argued that group privacy and the concept of restorative justice provide an ethical justification of this right.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-481
Number of pages26
JournalAmerican Archivist
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Library and Information Sciences

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