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Second annual folklife field school at BYU July 17-Aug. 6 will study Provo Canyon

Brigham Young University will host the second annual folklife field school instruction sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Sunday, July 17, through Saturday, Aug. 6.

The field school is open to students, faculty and members of the community, and a few spaces are still available. The intensive program consists of hands-on training in documentation of local cultural resources, preserving documentary materials and presenting the cultural heritage to the public.

Last year, field school students studied the culture of fruit orchards throughout Utah Valley. This year the theme is “Tradition Runs Through It” as students will examine the culture and traditions surrounding the use of Provo Canyon.

Tuition for the course is $950 which includes lodging, meal allowance, supplies and equipment and three hours of university credit. Tuition is $400 for those who do not need lodging or meals.

To register or to obtain more information, contact Kristi Bell at (801)422-6041 or email kristi_bell@byu.edu.

Instruction will cover normative research, interview ethics, interviewing and recording techniques, photography, ethnographic observation and field note writing.

The data obtained through these exercises--including photos, reports and footage of the experience--will be stored in the Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections’ William A. Wilson Folklore Archives for access by future generations.

An exhibit opening and reception will be held On Aug. 5 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will represent the students’ findings during the field school.

Writer: James McCoy

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