Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe
Conducting research in the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
Barnes conducted research in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory Collection at IU’s Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Barnes, co-director of the Shawnee Tribe’s Shawnee Language Preservation Project, also took the opportunity to visit the Archives of Traditional Music at IU Bloomington to survey their Shawnee language holdings, including linguistic and music recordings. He believes Shawnee people may be able to provide context and other information to enhance the usefulness of these collections for researchers and archivists.
Barnes gave a presentation titled “‘kewakotam’ka’fope’: Together We Find Treasures in Archival Sources of Knowledge” in which he discussed the benefits of creating what he envisions as “a consolidated, interdisciplinary native scholarship portal” at Indiana University. Barnes is eager to build networks for cooperative research. Collaborations between Indiana University and the Shawnee Tribe, he said, create opportunities for academics and tribal leaders
to come together “to build new understandings, remediate past understandings, and discover culture together.”