Indigenous History Wikipedia Projects

Screen Shot 2019-11-12 at 10.53.36 AM In Fall 2018, students in my Indigenous Peoples of North America to 1850 course completed Wikipedia projects. They had the opportunity to either create a new page, or extensively contribute to an existing one.

Students chose a wide variety of topics, from hunting head gear to clam gardens. In total, they edited 51 articles, and created 4 new pages. You can view the full list here.

While it was challenging for all of us to learn how to write for and use a new platform, the results were of a really high quality. Moreover, as Krista McCracken and Danielle Robichaud discuss, “representation of Indigenous-focused content is sorely lacking” on Wikipedia, so the project made a small but significant improvement in that regard.

After our course was completed, Elysia Webb from WikiEdu wrote a post on their blog featuring the students’ work. As she said, their work was “expansive and diverse, exploring multiple facets of Indigenous life and culture,” and she concluded by thanking students for bringing us “a bit closer to knowledge equity” and “counteracting the erasure of Indigenous histories.”