Sunday, July 3, 2011

Post Travel Class #2 - Second Drafts

The 2011 Navajo Oral History project students met for a second time after their field work was complete.

The four teams presented the second drafts of the documentaries they are creating about Navajo elders they interviewed during two and a half weeks of field work.

The drafts are really looking good. Professor Miranda Haskie and I were quite impressed with the hard work of the student teams, and the quality of the documentaries. All class participants watched the drafts and offered constructive criticism to make them even better.

Minor corrections will be needed to some of the audio and a few video edits. In a few cases, the students will be incorporating more b-roll or still photo images in their pieces. Narration scripts are being written and will be recorded this week.

We have one more class period planned for Friday, July 8, to view the completed projects.

Once they are done, the projects will be mastered for DVD duplication. Each featured elder and their families will get copies of the DVD, and copies will be archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, as well as the libraries at Diné College and Winona State University.

Receptions are being planned for early October to premiere the documentaries. Receptions will be held at both Winona State University and at Diné College. Following the premieres, the media versions of each documentary will be available for viewing on, the WSU Mass Communication department's web site.

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