Sindhi Voices Archive
-a publicly accessible virtual archive of the life narratives of Sindhi elders-
In an attempt to explore recent formations of Sindhi regional and cultural identity, we propose turning to a most vibrant and meaningful source: the oral histories of Sindhi elders. This group is broadly defined to include individuals that, after the 1947 partition of India, left Sindh, stayed in Sindh, migrated from India into Sindh, and those that received emigrant Sindhis.
We aim to not only broaden understandings of Sindhi identities and communities, but also to examine the ways history and identity are constructed, perceived, and passed on.
- empower and engage Sindhi communities in documenting their own histories and life stories,
- work with secondary school students and teachers in schools in India and Pakistan to conduct and reflect on oral history interviews as a sustainable part of their history and social studies learning process,
- develop an accessible digital space where people can view and hear oral histories
- mobilize an interview team to travel throughout areas where there are significant populations of Sindhis and mobilize community members to work locally in their areas to record interviews with elders and,
- consolidate interviews recorded from other Sindhi oral history projects into one, extensive collection
- expand the archive to include more Sindhi voices that tell stories of artistry, ethnic conflict, natural disaster, and more.