Digital Return is a research network and online resource providing a place for dialogue and connection and direct links to people and projects related to the return of cultural and linguistic materials to Indigenous communities globally. Over the last twenty years as digital technologies have grown and collecting institutions have embarked on repatriation projects, the return of digital collections to source communities has become more commonplace. These projects, however, are as diverse as the communities who undertake them. Digital Return is an evolving site to catalogue these projects, provide information to source communities and to highlight divergent ways to manage digital heritage collections and resources.




Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

While not technically a project in digital return, this gallery and online exhibition of First Nations material from the Northwest Coast used an innovative, interactive [...]
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  • Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

    Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

    While not technically a project in digital return, this gallery and online exhibition of First Nations material from the Northwest Coast used an innovative, interactive [...]
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  • Reciprocal Research Network

    Reciprocal Research Network

    The Reciprocal Research Network is an online research environment that provides access to First Nations items from the Northwest Coast and British Columbia. It allows [...]
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  • Inuvialuit Living History

    Inuvialuit Living History

    This collaboratively produced virtual exhibit is an initiative of the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre in partnership with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Centre. Building on the experience [...]
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  • World Oral Literature Project

    World Oral Literature Project

    An urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record For many communities around the world, the transmission [...]
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  • Recovering Voices

    Recovering Voices

    Addressing the crisis confronting the world’s languages and cultural knowledge requires the collaboration of communities, research institutions and other organizations. Recovering Voices aims to support [...]
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Digital return projects happen all over the world everyday as people reconnect with their heritage, language and traditional knowledge.

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