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Our Stories, Our Medicine Archive

Our Stories, Our Medicine Archives (OSOMA) project provides an alternative to historically colonial processes by creating a community-based participatory archive that centers traditional indigenous knowledge in construction and management of intellectual property, cultural artifacts, and the digital commons

Recently, narrative has emerged as an important concept in interrupting the transmission of intergenerational trauma in Indigenous and Latinx communities. The process of creating and sharing narratives is a transformational tool for reclaiming knowledge and highlighting resiliencies despite legacies of colonization and ongoing discrimination. For many Indigenous and Latinx peoples, storytelling is embedded into the tapestry of our lives. It is a way that we simultaneously learn historical cultural knowledge and create new cultural knowledge for healing trauma. In collaboration with the University of Denver Library, the University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, the Our Stories, Our Medicine Archives (OSOMA) project will provide an alternative to historically colonial processes by creating a community-based participatory archive that centers traditional indigenous knowledge in construction and management