Sadada Jackson spent a year in residence deeply engaging and reflecting upon the North American indigenous language materials housed in Tozzer Library. She has created an exhibit that seeks to support speakers, students, and scholars of these languages in revitalizing, sustaining, and maintaining their languages by surfacing language materials in Tozzer's special collections.
Through the use of texts, maps, and media, this installation creates a visual and audible space for viewers to engage in bi-directional, internal and external dialogue about indigenous languages and the lands upon which they were/are spoken.
Sadada has richly overlaid this exhibit with her own personal narrative and the profound impact her grandmother had on her research process.
To the generations of indigenous language speakers, students, scholars, educators, artists, activists, and humanists who came before us; to the generations of speakers, students, scholars, educators, artists, activists, and humanists to come; to all who are here and to all who are listening.
Harvard Divinity School Masters of Theological Studies, 2019
Tozzer Library Graduate Student Assistant, 2018-2019
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