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About the Project

Piky

The land is awash in stories: though unseen, they are still potent.

All over northern Arizona, experiences of place have shaped people and land.

We remember those experiences with stories. They are stories about the weather and the neighbors, about animals and plants, about work and play, about time-honored traditions and hard times. We tell them around campfires and kitchen tables, on long drives and in public hearings. Ultimately they are stories about us, for who we are is ultimately inseparable from where we live.

It is to capture these stories for the future that the Ecological Oral Histories project has been recording narratives of long-time observers of life in northern Arizona.

Since 2005 we have recorded dozens of digital video interviews with people from all over northern Arizona. Most of the interviews have been conducted by students from numerous disciplines, including history, English, anthropology, environmental studies, sustainability studies, and more. The interviews are professionally transcribed, and video and print versions are archived at the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library.

We’ve also worked to make parts of the interviews available through a book, publications in popular media, and a multimedia exhibit at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff—as well as through this site. Enjoy!

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