Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Preparing For Field Work

The 2010 Navajo Oral History program students met again today (Tuesday, May 11, 2010) to talk more about the documentary journalism projects they will begin next week.

During the class, we talked more about the Navajo reservation, and the way people live there. We watched a program called 30 Days: Life on the Navajo Reservation in which Morgan Spurlock lived with a Navajo family for a month. By the end of the month Spurlock had developed a love and respect for the Navajo culture.

For the last hour of class, we reviewed the operation of the audio, photography and video gear that will be a part of the journey and that will help us record the life stories of the elders. Prof. Robin O'Callaghan of the Winona State University Mass Communication department, visited our class and helped the students learn how to correctly use the video production gear.

We have one more day of class this week, then we'll load a van and head to the Navajo Nation to meet our Diné College counterparts and begin our projects.

-- Tom Grier
Winona State University

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