OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Thanks & Acknowledgements

At Columbia University we are working on the unceded land of the Lenape people, who were violently dispossessed from this place. We honor their roots here, and the strength it has taken to resist and rebuild both here and elsewhere. Work for this exhibit was created on the lands of the Munsee Lenape, Wappinger, Canarsie, Matinecock, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississauga, Wendake-Nionwentsïo, Piscataway, Anacostan, Lumbee, Kaskaskia, Potawatomi, Peoria, Kiikaapoi, Myaamia, Shoshone-Bannock, Eastern Shoshone, and Cheyenne peoples. (Thank you, Native Land Digital!)

As oral historians, we also acknowledge the roots of our practice in indigenous oral history, and the ways in which our field has excluded indigenous people and practices. This acknowledgement is only the beginning of a process of building honoring indigenous land, people, and knowledge into our practices as oral historians for the purposes of healing, reconciliation, learning, resurgence, and the pursuit of justice.

This annual exhibit is the culmination of our students’ work in the year-long course sequence Oral History Fieldwork, Archiving, & Documentation (fall), and Curating Oral Histories (spring). Carlin Liu Zia, Amy Starecheski, and Michelle Wilson created this site in 2021 and each year we add another collection of exhibits to it. Our work would not be possible and would not have taken such shape without the support and/or inspiration of:

Zaheer Ali
Peter Bearman
Luis C. Sotelo Castro
Caiwei Chen
Nyssa Chow
Ariel Urim Chung
Mary Marshall Clark!
Craig Dietrich
Michael Falco & the team at INCITE
Oscar Frasser
Lauren Instenes
Solby Lim
Bill McAllister
Rebecca McGilveray
Jennie Morrison
OHMA Workshop Series Presenters 
Han Powell
Nicki Pombier
Sayre Quevedo
Sara Sinclair
Zoë West
Michelle Wilson
Alice Wong, Mia Mingus, and Sandy Ho of Access Is Love
Liza Zapol

Thank you! Any errors are our own.