Re-Locate and the City Council, IRA Council, and the Kivalina Relocation Planning Committee are working with the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA) to build an online and physical archive of Kivalina’s relocation history that digitizes, preserves, and consolidates relocation documents, studies, texts, photos, and videos created and stored by people in Kivalina over the last 100 years; brings visibility and accountability to particular issues affecting Kivalina’s relocation; ensures continuity between past and future relocation planning efforts; and operates as a tool for the planning of territorial reinhabitation of Kivalina’s historic estate.
Using documents scattered across Kivalina alongside renderings of the subjective experience of relocation, the archive is building a record of government participation in the village’s relocation history as well as a history from below. A local history of Kivalina’s relocation will be published directly alongside the “official” history of government involvement. Archival data will be stored under culturally protected protocols set by the community that establish the narrative and the extent to which information becomes public. The archive makes science, policy, and local knowledge visible and actionable to partners working to integrate community-led relocation efforts into actionable planning processes.
The Kivalina Archive is being built by CoDA, a California nonprofit that provides data services for archaeologists, anthropologies, indigenous communities, museums, libraries, and archives. Since 2011 CoDA has helped more than 200 groups, created over 250 projects worldwide, and contributes to Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too), a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. CoDA is building a customized implementation of Mukurtu CMS to house the Kivalina Archive.