Folklorist / Heritage Consultant
self-employed independent folklorist/student
Where do you currently work?
Currently working on a PhD in Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Expect to graduate in 2008.
Tell me a bit about your career?
As a folklorist and heritage consultant I have been working with the Doig River First Nation in British Columbia Canada since 2002 (after I graduated from WKU). I have worked with this Aboriginal group to write grants and collaborate on cultural projects. These projects have included co-curation and co-coordination of a Virtual Museum of Canada website: Dane Wajich, Dane-zaa Stories & Songs: Dreamers and the Land. I aided in the creation of a digital archive of cultural materials and the creation of a web-exhibit for the project.
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
The coursework at WKU in museum studies, cultural conservation, narrative, music, vernacular architecture etc. was crucial for my further work in folklore. The internship I did at the National Park Service in Alaska to curate an exhibit about National Historic Landmarks was also pivotal in giving me hands on experience to put the concepts I had learned about exhibition and cultural conservation into use. And of course, the support, guidance and encouragement of the professors at WKU has been exemplary.
Well, much of my time at Western included chasing down information about the Quonset Auditorium. Highlights include hanging out with Hillbilly Jim, listening to live music, going to folklife festivals, and beer and bourbon.