Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Folklore Fieldwork Guide: Getting interesting answers

I had a meeting today with a group looking to collect some oral histories from its pioneer members. I told them about a video from Traditional Arts Indiana about getting interesting answers from your informants.

You can watch the video here:

In the same series is this video on structuring interview questions.

I like the topics-based approach taken in this second guide, where the suggestion is that an interview ask questions based on five topics:  beginnings;  community; aesthetics; process; and, creativity/traditionality. It is a good idea for people doing any kind of folklore interview related to traditional and contemporary craft or practice.

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