2nd Edition

Indigenous Oral History Manual Canada and the United States

    174 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using examples from Indigenous community oral history projects throughout Canada and the United States, this new edition is informed by best practices to show how oral history can be done in different contexts.

    The Indigenous Oral History Manual: Canada and the United States, the expanded second edition of The American Indian Oral History Manual (2008), contains information about selected Indigenous oral histories, legal and ethical issues, project planning considerations, choosing recording equipment and budgeting, planning and carrying out interviews in various settings, stewardship of project materials, and ways Indigenous communities use oral histories. A centerpiece of the book is a collection of oral history project profiles from Canada and the United States that illustrate the range of possibilities that people interested in Indigenous oral history might pursue. It emphasizes the importance of community engagement and adhering to appropriate local protocols and ethical standards, inviting readers to understand that oral history work can take various forms with people whose cultural heritage has always relied on oral transmission of knowledge.

    The book is ideal for students, scholars, and Indigenous communities who seek to engage ethically with tribal and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in oral history work that meets community needs.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    Preface – Second Edition

    Acknowledgements – Second Edition

    Introduction – Second Edition

    Memorial Statement – Charles E. Trimble

    Introduction – First Edition

    Chapter One: Indigenous Oral History

    Chapter Two: Legal and Ethical Issues

    Chapter Three: Planning an Indigenous Oral History Project

    Chapter Four: Equipment and Funding

    Project Profiles

    Chapter Five: Interview Preparation

    Chapter Six: The Interview(s)

    Chapter Seven: Stewardship

    Chapter Eight: Using Indigenous Oral Information

    Appendix A – Indigenous Oral History Consent and Release Forms

    Appendix B – Indigenous Oral History Project Management Forms

    Selected Sources


    About the Authors


    Winona Wheeler, Fisher River Cree Nation, has almost 40 years of experience as a historian, oral historian, and professor. Her areas of research and publications include Treaty Rights, land claims, local histories, First Nations education, missionary–Indigenous Relations, Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous oral histories, and anti-colonialism.

    Charles E. Trimble (1935–2020) was an advocate for Indigenous rights and development. He founded the Native American Press Association in 1969 and led the National Congress of American Indians from 1972 to 1978. His leadership experience led him to become president of the Nebraska State Historial Society in the 1980s, where he continued his effort to support Indigenous people and their voices.

    Mary Kay Quinlan is the editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter and associate dean emerita of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is co-author of several oral history books, an oral history workshop presenter, and member of the Nebraska Women in Journalism Hall of Fame.

    Barbara W. Sommer has over 40 years of experience as an oral historian. She is a long-time member of the Oral History Association (OHA) and is the author and co-author of a number of publications in the field. She holds degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.