ERIC Number: ED309130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
A General Interview Guide.
Ives, Edward D.
This guide is divided into 11 sections, each containing a number of questions and suggestions for conducting successful folklore and oral history interviews. Section 1, "Settlement and Dwellings," deals with the physical environment, local inhabitants, houses and outbuildings, and public buildings. Section 2, "Livelihood and Household Support," contains questions about local industry, crops, and women's work. Section 3, "Communications and Trade," addresses travel by land, air, and water; spreading news and information; and business and commerce. Section 4, "The Community," deals with people, work, clothes, social intercourse, family relationships, religion, education, fire fighting, and legal administration. Section 5, "Human Life," looks at birth, marriage, death, and the return of the dead. Section 6, "Nature," explores beliefs about the sky, the atmosphere, plants, birds, mammals, fish, insects, and snakes. Section 7, "Medicine," addresses doctors, dentists, non-professional medical help, home remedies and treatment, and veterinary medicine. Section 8, "Time," examines the seasons and holidays. Section 9, "Entertainment: Sports and Pastimes," deals with games, music, dancing, storytelling, reading, phonographs, radio, and television. Section 10, "Personal Comments," allows interviewees to add their own opinions or speculations. Section 11, "Historical Tradition," questions what interviewees consider to be historically significant in their local area. This guide has a clear orientation toward interviewing older people in a rural setting about how things used to be. Questions can be adapted to suit other needs. (GEA)
Descriptors: Folk Culture, Guidelines, Guides, Interviews, Life Style, Older Adults, Oral History, Personal Narratives, Social History
Sheldon Weiss Productions, Blue Hill Falls, ME ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine Humanities Council, Portland.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History.