I’m a bit of a reluctant user of “facebook”, mostly because of their user-hostile and byzantine privacy policies. However, increasingly people are using its easy interface to create really useful web pages, many of which you don’t need to be a member of facebook or logged in to enjoy. There are some quite specific archaeology ones relevant to the Northwest Coast which I will review some other time. Today, I want to focus on a remarkable compendium of historic photos of North American indigenous people. There are almost 200 separate galleries, many with more than fifty pictures in them (do the math), under the auspices of the group administrator Jonathan Holmes, who takes an active role in the discussions and comments. This is an enormous investment of time and effort, especially as many of the pictures have notes (hover your mouse over the picture) and in a remarkable number the identity of the subject is named and contextualized. This is not a mere link dump for pictures – the over 20,000 comments reflect many positive reviews from Tribal and First Nations members (e.g., Tahltan) and members of the general public, (as well as some cranky comments from six year olds and racists). Continue reading
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