Lambert (2014). Oral Histories, Stories, and Art as Data. (Research for Indigenous Survival.)

Lambert, L. (2014). Oral Histories, Stories, and Art as Data. In Research for indigenous survival: Indigenous research methodologies in the behavioral sciences (pp. 29–36). University of Nebraska Press.

[“Stories as Data” (p 29) …]

“Stories or narratives are the origin of American Indian oral tradition and are the means for sharing knowledge and passing it from one generation to another.” (p 29)

“For example, oral histories tell of when there were giants on the earth, stories of giant deer, elk, and beaver (Trimble, et al., 2008). Today, Western science is discovering the fossil remains of these animals.” (p 30)

“Fixico (2003) wrote that stories among American Indians consist of at least five parts: time, place, character, event, and purpose.” (p 32)

“Sharing circles are places where the participants tell their stories. For example, among the Cree, ancestors who have died are present in the circle. Food is served. The circle may take many hours and everyone can contribute to the story. It is not just the researcher’s agenda. It is the agenda of the community. An elder may lead the circle. Everyone participates and the circle directs [page break] how the story is told.” (p 32-33)

[“Art as Data” (p 33) …]

“‘Making art is participating in creation. It is making oneself available to the spirit, the vision, the invisible, the imagined.’ … (Trepanier, 2008, p. 15).” (p 35)

Selected References

  • Fixico, D. L. (2003). The American Indian mind in a linear world: American Indian studies and traditional knowledge. New York: Routledge.
  • Trépanier, F. (2008). Aboriginal arts research initiative: Report on consultations. Ottawa, Canada: Strategic Initiative Division, Canada Council for the Arts.
  • Trimble, C. E., Sommer, B. W., & Quinlan, M. K. (2008). The American Indian oral history manual: Making many voices heard. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
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