Digital Archive of American Indian Languages Preservation and Perseverance

DAILP is a community-based digital archive created to support indigenous peoples’ knowledge, interpretations, and representations of the past.  Our selection of handwritten documents in the Cherokee syllabary are sourced from the Kilpatrick Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University and the Newberry Library in Chicago. These manuscripts have been translated by Cherokee speakers and thoroughly annotated by teams of Northeastern students, Cherokee community members, and linguists. Moving forward, we hope for DAILP to become a collaborative place for indigenous language learners, speakers, and scholars to translate documents and other media across American Indian languages.


We have received funding and support from Northeastern University’s Tier 1 Seed Grant and the Undergraduate Research and Fellowship’s PEAK Awards. In Summer 2020, Naomi Trevino received a Summit Award, and in Fall 2020, Naomi Trevino and Taylor Snead both received Summit Awards. In 2021 RISE awarded Naomi Trevino the RISE Scholarship Award and Taylor Snead with the Data and Digital Storytelling Undergraduate Focus Award. In Summer 2021, Naomi Trevino received a Trail-Blazer Award and Henry Volchonok received a Summit Award.

In February 2021, we received support from The Henry Luce Foundation’s Indigenous knowledge initiative. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding.
Early community-based designs for DAILP were envisioned with the support of an Institute of Museum and Library Services: Sparks Ignition Grant.

Cherokee Manuscript Collections

This project was created using Gatsby with help from the Digital Scholarship Group at the Northeastern University Library
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