ISBN : 9780190664510
The Land Speaks explores the intersections of two vibrant fields, oral history and environmental studies. The fourteen oral histories collected here range North America, examining wilderness and cities, farms and forests, rivers and arid lands. The contributors argue that oral history can capture communication from nature and provide tools for environmental problem solving.
Introduction Listening to the Land through Oral History; Kathryn Newfont with Debbie Lee; Part I: Building Fluency; Chapter 1 Memories of Precipitation: Gathering and Assessing Ecological Oral Histories in an Era of Climate Change; Peter Friederici; Chapter 2 Fostering Relationships with the Wild: Oral History's Role in Recreation Management; Alison Steiner and Daniel R. Williams; Chapter 3 The Public Significance of the Private Farm; Nathaniel Van Yperen; Part II: Listening through Place; Chapter 4 Documenting Tension on Idaho's Public Lands: A Case Study from the Idaho Oral History Center Collections; Troy J Reeves and Linda Morton-Keithley; Chapter 5 Territorial: A Collective Oral History of Land and Indigeneity in the Carib Territory of Dominica; Emma Gaalaas Mullaney; Part III: Fostering Community through Environment; Chapter 6 Resurrecting Dead Lands: Two Oral Histories of Urban Explorers; Ben S. Bunting Jr.; Chapter 7 When the Flood Came for Good: Personal Stories and Impersonal Change in the Savannah River Valley; Robert P. Shapard; Chapter 8 (Re)Constructing Community Commons and Traditions: Urban Gardening and Community Spaces in the Haddington Neighborhood of West Philadelphia; Patrick Hurley, Shakiya Canty, and Walter Greason; Part IV: Attending to Public Land; Chapter 9 Sky-Fighters of the Forest: Conscientious Objectors, African American Paratroopers, and the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumping Program in World War II; Annie Hanshew; Chapter 10 Filling the Gaps with Silence: Women's Stories and the Movement to Save the Indiana Dunes; Brittany Bayless Fremion; Chapter 11 A sense of comfort and belonging in the woods: The Narrative of Laurel Munson Boyers; Brenna Lissoway and Lu Ann Jones; Part V: Interviewing the Environment; Chapter 12 Thinking Like a File Cabinet: Eco-Cruising in the Bitterroot; James G. Lewis; Chapter 13 Legend Days: Becoming Animal in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness; Debbie Lee; Chapter 14 The Many Lives of Newtown Creek: A New York Story; Betsy McCully; Further Reading; Contributors; Index