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ERIC Number: EJ914025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Culture for Sale? An Exploratory Study of the Crow Fair
Bordelon, Thomas D.; Opatrny, Marie; Turner, Wendy G.; Williams, Steven D.
Qualitative Report, v16 n1 p10-37 Jan 2011
This paper describes an ethnographically-oriented participant-observation study conducted during the annual Crow Fair, held in south central Montana. Data collected included audio-recorded interviews with participants, participant observations, photographic and video recordings. Narrative interviews were transcribed and analyzed using the constant comparison method. Multiple data sources improved the veracity of this study through triangulation, and four themes emerged from the data: commercialization, alcohol abuse, spirituality, and community. The researchers discuss these themes and their conclusions regarding the "selling" of Native American culture as a form of cultural transmission. Theme analysis revealed the researchers recognized that the principal researcher had changed his view of the Crow Fair as being frivolous to having a deeper purpose and meaning to participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana