ELL: Tr : arsclist how to archive your language and other matters

Brian Levy xernaut at YAHOO.COM
Wed Oct 18 06:32:47 UTC 2000

M. Perrot,
Je n'ai pas reçu votre message.  Est ce que vous pourriez le renvoyer

                          Brian Levy

At 09:30 PM 10/17/2000 +0200, you wrote:

>De : Brian Levy <xernaut at yahoo.com>
>À : ARSCLIST at galileo.cc.rochester.edu
>Objet : arsclist how to archive your language and other matters
>Date : Lun 16 oct 2000 1:45
>Hello all,
>I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Brian Levy, and I work with 
>the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma as a Cultural Preservation Activist 
>(for wont of a better title to describe my job).  Basically I am helping 
>the tribe create a permanent archive of songs, dances, oral history in 
>English, and, quite importantly, since the tribe is down to only about 
>twenty fluent speakers of the language now, we are recording to DAT all 
>manner of Caddo language, including stories, monologues, prayers, 
>conversation, etc.  We are creating a master archive of Caddo audio 
>materials, recording older analog recordings on reel to reel and analog 
>cassette, to CD directly, and copying all DAT tapes made since we began 
>using DAT two years ago, also to CD.  We make on blue dye copy on Mitsui 
>media (home audio type, not CDR computer type, using a Harmon Kardon CDR2 
>machine, we also make one gold dye Kodak CD home audio copy for a second 
>copy of our archive housed at a archive in Oklahoma.  A third copy is also 
>made on the same Mitsui blue dye (silver) CD's.  We may soon switch to 
>just using computer CDR's instead of the home audio type, since Tascam 
>makes a machine for under 100 dollars which is high quality and 
>recommended.  I consult with others doing similar work to this, and I am 
>on this and other lists.  I am trying to determine the archivability of 
>this strategy.  We have 110 CD's so far, and no stop in sight, as we have 
>tons of analog recordings to migrate, and are constantly making new DAT 
>We have a huge quantity of old Beta, VHS, Hi8, Super8, and now we use Sony 
>TCR-320 Digital 8 cams for all videoing of elders and dances. We are 
>waiting to know what is best for permanent archivability for these.  I am 
>guessing DVD-Rom burners, as opposed to DVD-Ram or such.  But listening to 
>some of your pros on these list servers, I am wondering.  We do not have 
>the budget to buy equipment costing 50k now, we are very limited on 
>budget, though we might could get a grant to use better equipment.
>I am just wondering what any of your folks also concerned with permanent 
>archivability of precious materials, both audio and video, would have to 
>say on our situation.  I would appreciate some advice.
>Some have suggested computer hard drive storage.  Some have said (such as 
>the Getty Museum in LA, and the Library of Congress, that no current 
>digital medium is considered archival.  Only old reel to reel tapes 
>quarter inch, are considered time safe.  Since who knows, they argue, if 
>any CD players will even be available in 500 years, whereas due to the 
>wide use of reel to reel all during twentieth century by broadcast media 
>etc, it will still be playable.  Plus when audio tapes deteriorate on 
>analog reel to reel they gradually degrade in quality at playback, 
>whereas, once digital degrades too far, the machines can no longer 
>decipher the one's and zero's and play the CD back at all.
>I know this is a long posting, but I wanted to introduce myself and the 
>work we are doing at the Caddo tribe, and hopefully get some guidance from 
>some more technically savvy folk...
>       Brian Levy
>Brian Levy
>Cultural Activist
>Kiwat Hasinay Foundation:
>Preserving Caddo Heritage
>211 W. Colorado Ave.
>Anadarko, OK  73005  USA
>(1) 405-247-5840

Brian Levy
Cultural Activist
Kiwat Hasinay Foundation:
Preserving Caddo Heritage
211 W. Colorado Ave.
Anadarko, OK  73005  USA
(1) 405-247-5840
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