eHumanity: free portal for digital native-american cultural items

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What You Should Know

eHumanity project exists as a means of preserving knowledge related to North American Indian heritage. Far from being a museum or other geographical location, we are a web portal and database that is available to anyone working online. By accessing the eHumanity site, you will be able to browse the digital collections of both the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Autry Southwest Museum of the American Indian.

Here you'll find images of artifacts predating recorded history only a quick click away from paintings by 21st century Indian artists, each complete with its own profile page revealing information about individual creation and history. Photographs, tools, cultural icons; all are here on display, showing examples drawn from the Canadian Pacific to the Florida Everglades.

Best of all, you can do more than simply observe. With our social networking functionalities, you can contribute your comments to the object profile pages, relating any personal experience you might have with them in terms of ancestry, artistry, or simple appreciation of their forms!

Give and Receive

Funded by a grant from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the eHumanity project is designed to bridge the gap between personal and public record. We are striving to create an enduring resource for American Indian tribal communities as well as educational and cultural institutions devoted to their continuing history.

By opening up these extensive collections of art to a wider audience, it is hoped that more specific and relevant information about them will come to light. For many of these pieces, especially those predating the 19th century, what we know about them is limited to a vague impression of origin in terms of time and place. But people who possess personal info about these pieces do exist. eHumanity affords you the opportunity to benefit from these painstakingly collected works, in the hopes that you or someone you know can give us all a better understanding about how such treasures came to be.

We all have stories waiting to be shared, and the works we leave behind are no different. Hopefully eHumanity will allow a clearer picture to emerge of our collective cultural heritage.

Current Features

This site is more than a warehouse of pictures and words. eHumanity is constantly evolving in terms of its services and especially its users. By logging into our website, whether with a free user account or your Google/Facebook account, you can create a personal profile page right here on our site. Use it to get in touch with others as well as keep a private gallery of your favorite images. Talk with experts on American Indian culture who are featured site members and receive answers to questions you might have.

Upcoming Features

In the future you will be given the option of being able to upload your own relevant images. The range of material we have to offer will also grow as we gain access to sound recordings of Indian chants and stories that are stored at the Smithsonian and Autry museums. eHumanity seeks to present a fluid and useful medium that promotes the American Indian as much as it does your interest in them.

Contact Us:

Sidd Maini

Web Lead, eHumanity Project

Geoffrey Fox

Director, Digital Science Center, Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University

2719 E. 10th Street

Bloomington, IN 47408