Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral History


This article discusses the significance of oral history and its vital inclusion in any written works regarding Indigenous history/content. Wheeler discusses protocols for the inclusion of oral history, how not all oral history is free and open for any one to use and how oral history is unique in comparison to other documentary sources. For Wheeler, understanding, contextualizing and building relationships are all essential in the use and collection of oral history. This article would be good for researchers/interviewers to read for insights on cultural protocols and the complexities surrounding and incorporating oral histories.

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Wheeler, Winona. “Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral History.” In Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations.  Ed. David T. McNab.  Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, Aboriginal Studies Series, 2005. 189-214.

Wheeler, Winona
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