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2017 Field School for Cultural Documentation


FOCUS: TriangleX Ranch, Grand Teton National Park

Credit: Eng/Hist 6750/4750 Advanced Folklore Workshop

30 July - 12 August 2017

Grand Tetons, Utah State University Special Collections: P0031 Box 1: WY: 030.
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Sponsored by: The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Utah State University's Folklore Program and Fife Folklore Archives, Special Collections and Archives; and University of Wyoming American Studies Program

Partners: National Park Services; TriangleX Ranch

Faculty: LOC: Dr. Margaret Kruesi, Dr. Guha Shankar; UW: Andrea Graham; USU: Dr. Lisa Gabbert Randy Williams

Overview: The 2017 Field School for Cultural Documentation is a collaboration between the University of Wyoming, Utah State University, and the Library of Congress. It is an intensive, multi-week, residential workshop designed to provide participants with basic ethnographic fieldwork skills, including participant observation, interviewing, the writing of field notes, ethics, and archiving best practices. Students will work collaboratively on a designated project with nationally known faculty from the American Folklife Center, the University of Wyoming's American Studies Program, and Utah State University's Folklore Program and Special Collections and Archives.

Project: Participants will interview and document the traditions of owners, guests, and workers of the historic TriangleX Ranch, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and located inside Grand Teton National Park. Folklorist Andrea Graham, of the University of Wyoming, who has spent much of her career working with ranching communities, will lead the project. Participants should commit to at least three weeks. Two weeks will be spent in residence in Grand Teton National Park taking classes and conducting fieldwork, and another week or so at home will be spent processing materials and writing final reports.

Audience: The Field School for Cultural Documentation is designed for anyone with an interest in learning basic ethnographic skills. Students, community scholars, and the general public are encouraged to apply.

Room and Board: The field school will be held from July 30-Aug. 12, 2017 in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Participants will be housed at the University of Wyoming's AMK Ranch, which is located inside the park. This is a bunkhouse-style sleeping quarters with a communal kitchen and shared bathrooms. Participants are required to be in residence for the duration of the field school, but may find alternate room and board at their own expense. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Grand Teton National Park.

Funding opportunities: Room and board at the AMK ranch likely will be covered. Additional scholarship monies are available for all USU students to help offset transportation and other costs. Additional forms of assistance for USU students, such as summer tuition waivers, may become available as the spring semester develops.

Credit: The Field School for Cultural Documentation fulfills the fieldwork course requirement for students enrolled in the USU Folklore program. Graduate students should enroll in 6750 Advanced Folklore Workshop for the summer session. Undergraduates should enroll at the 4750 level. Participants may take the workshop without receiving university credit as well.

For questions or information, please contact

Lisa Gabbert lisa.gabbert@usu.edu

Andrea Graham agraha12@uwyo.edu

Randy Williams randy.williams@usu.edu

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