Blackfoot items in the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh have never been visited by Blackfoot people. Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, we were planning for a few members of our group to visit these items in Scotland as a part of an AHRC research networking project. Once it became clear that this wouldn’t be happening in the near future, a new research question emerged: how might we design a remote viewing experience to support the cultural revitalization for Indigenous communities when in-person access is not an option?
We are currently in the process of selecting Blackfoot items to focus on during the remote viewing, with specific attention to Blackfoot quillwork. Quillwork is a transferred knowledge that is rare among living Blackfoot knowledge keepers. With digital imaging processes, we hope to feature more items with quillwork on the Blackfoot Digital Library microsite to serve as a resource.