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For the last century, indigenous materials in Western libraries have remained poorly organized and largely inaccessible. Whether this has been the result of willful negligence or simple ignorance on the part of information professionals, it is an unacceptable situation. The importance of providing access to indigenous materials has gained increasing recognition in recent years as the global community has awakened to the need to preserve indigenous knowledge in order to preserve the cultural and intellectual diversity of the world. This paper examines two indigenous classification schemes and suggests directions for future work in the organization of indigenous knowledge.


Paper completed as part of the Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of British Columbia.