What Makes a “Tradition?”

Let me begin this by telling you a story. A story that will bring some of my personal frustrations as well as the abhorrent power dynamics around this issue to light. I sat excited for the new semester in the incredibly cold and overconditioned classroom. The people around me were chattering incessantly but I was … Continue reading What Makes a “Tradition?”

Is Oral History Important? Working in Precolonial Studies

Oral history straddles a line that all history does: the modern interpretation of the past and the bias and inaccuracies this conflict can produce. Even written history's interpretations and conclusions are effected by the period it was written. This is why primary sources are coveted. You can never get closer to understanding what people were … Continue reading Is Oral History Important? Working in Precolonial Studies