Indigenous Oral History /
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Indigenous Oral History / book
Retaining information and transmitting it orally through generations is a complex process. This is the history in oral history. Researchers and all users should carefully and accurately identify context and content of oral history information. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Writers Project employed out-of-work writers to compile local histories, oral histories, ethnologies, and other works. Their focus was on secular expression of the Oneida people, our recent ancestors, in their own voice telling of the mundane yet vitally important minutiae of daily life in a vibrant community. Many tribes use oral information in education programs. Its use in documenting and understanding tribal and cultural identity is critical. It is a retention tool for vernacular sound, meaning, and use of language. It provides an indigenous view of history that is missing from standard interpretations.