Cultural Recourse Management Big South Fork National Park and Recreation Area
From June to August 2014 I worked as a cultural resource management intern for the Big South Fork National Park and Recreation Area (BISO). The park is located between Jamestown and Oneida, Tennessee though it also overlaps into Kentucky. My main project, as an intern, was to create an interpretive research document on logging folklore and history in the park. This project involved three phases. The first was book research on the area and local history. The second phase involved interviewing local loggers and finding the sites they worked at in the park. The last phase involved mapping these sites and the creation of the interpretive document.
I also had other duties such as cataloguing objects for the collections, archeological cliff line surveys, compliance archeology, and acid mine water draining. It furthered my skills in interviewing, using archives/databases, new land knowledge in concern of industry and archeology, allowed me to become familiar with the map making tool ARGIS, and GPS work. This internship allowed for experience in public folklore and anthropology outside of academia. It was good to see how public folklore works through the National Park Service and how labor lore can still be important to descendants of original laborers in the area.
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