Spaces for Knowledge Sharing

Following 1970s federal policies, an increase in spaces for educational facilities on indigenous land has resulted in numerous Native American student housing structures, university cultural centers for indigenous students, as well as formalized city and neighborhood community centers for the urban indigenous populations. Tribally commissioned museums and cultural centers function as a space for spatial knowledge sharing. The 1990s saw a proliferation of knowledge sharing building typologies for indigenous communities growing concurrently with the rise and redefinition of the indigenous architect.

Indigenous architecture’s most prolific developments have been in the built forms of knowledge sharing and knowledge production facilities. A history and theory of spaces of knowledge cultivation within and for indigenous communities encapsulates the leading influences and changes in indigenous architecture practices that have resulted from shifts in U.S. Federal policies at the turn of the century.

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