Event Title

D-01 Tales of Minden, Louisiana: Collecting and Compiling the Elkins Family Oral Tradition

Presenter Information

Elizabeth Bates

Start Date

10-25-2019 2:00 PM

Description

The oral tradition is often undervalued in comparison with its sister arts of the written and performed word, especially those which claim the title “true.” Yet these tales have inherent value through the connections they create between those who tell them and the people and places featured in their stories. The purpose of this project is to preserve the oral tradition of the Elkins family of Minden, Louisiana, through the collection and editing of three stories. To determine which stories constitute family lore, four of five siblings of the eldest generation of Elkins were interviewed. Their stories were recorded and transcribed. From the transcriptions, motifs were identified, and three cohesive stories were created and published for redistribution among the Elkins family and the public.

Acknowledgments

J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar and Undergraduate Research Scholar

Mentors: Sonia Badenas, International Langues & Global Studies; Beverly Matiko, English

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Oct 25th, 2:00 PM

D-01 Tales of Minden, Louisiana: Collecting and Compiling the Elkins Family Oral Tradition

The oral tradition is often undervalued in comparison with its sister arts of the written and performed word, especially those which claim the title “true.” Yet these tales have inherent value through the connections they create between those who tell them and the people and places featured in their stories. The purpose of this project is to preserve the oral tradition of the Elkins family of Minden, Louisiana, through the collection and editing of three stories. To determine which stories constitute family lore, four of five siblings of the eldest generation of Elkins were interviewed. Their stories were recorded and transcribed. From the transcriptions, motifs were identified, and three cohesive stories were created and published for redistribution among the Elkins family and the public.