ERIC Number: ED338449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Information World of Traditional Native American Artists and Performers.
Manning, Jennifer Elizabeth
This study describes personal interviews with 35 Native Americans of Eastern and Central North Carolina who are traditional artists and performers. The interviews were conducted to determine the information environment of these artists and performers. In addition to assessing library usage and library satisfaction, the study also examines information-seeking behaviors and learning processes within the situational context of the respondents' artistic activities. Results of the interviews indicate that the information world of traditional Native American artists and performers is overwhelmingly oral. These artists and performers learn their craft from family and friends, and seek new information from the same sources. Information relating to their identity as Native Americans is also received from family and friends. Library use and classroom instruction play a very small role. In almost all situations, the respondents prefer oral information to the printed word. Libraries are viewed by the respondents as not responsive to their information needs both as artists and performers and as Native Americans. Overall, the information world of North Carolina Native American artists and performers lies almost completely outside the world of libraries. The document contains 53 references and 4 appendices, including interview questions, a flyer for the Native American Association of Eastern Carolina University Powwow, a brochure for the Raleigh Powwow, and a powwow newsletter. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans; North Carolina
Note: Master's Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.