Apr 18, 2023

A Project Is Helping to Preserve Stories of Enslaved Native Americans

Native Bound Unbound is a multiyear project headed by former New Mexico state historian Estevan Rael-Gálvez to establish a centralized, online repository cataloging the lives of enslaved Indigenous people across the Western Hemisphere. Through March and April, Native Bound Unbound has teamed up with StoryCorps — a New York-based nonprofit centered on preserving American stories — to record conversations between descendants of enslaved Indigenous people for preservation.

The goal is for the conversations to be archived within the U.S. Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center and for them to be accessible through Native Bound Unbound’s digital archive once it is up and running.

Native Bound Unbound is a “hemispheric” endeavor, with researchers and volunteers in several U.S. states and different countries, and is likely a lifetime project, or at least one which will span multiple decades.

You can read more in an article by Nathan Lederman published in the web site at:

The Native Bound Unbound also maintains a Facebook page at: