Oral History Video Project
Our Native Teachers hold the oral history traditions of their parents and grandparents. It is crucial that their stories be preserved for future generations.

About the Project

Oral HistoryThe NCPC has created the Oral History Project, aimed at recording and preserving a piece of native culture known as the Dance for All People, the stories of the community that support it, as well as other Great Basin Plateau traditions and stories.

Our Native Teachers hold the oral history traditions of their parents and grandparents. It is crucial that their stories be preserved for future generations. Fewer and fewer Native Elders/Teachers are passing the stories of the their traditions on to the next generation. The danger exists that the origins and visions of these sacred traditions may soon be lost.

We all have sacred stories to share. In the fast moving context of our lives, particularly when communities are separated by distance, many of the oral histories and teaching stories are lost. It is our hope to preserve these stories and histories so that they can be shared amongst the communities and also be preserved for future generations.

By conducting interviews with those who those who are willing to share and who hold the knowledge of these traditions, the NCPC will help keep alive these traditions for future generations.

Current Projects

• Preserve and record the history and evolution of the Dance for All People, and other Great Basin cultures, stories and traditions.

• Collect stories of Bear Boy LaRose, a member of the Northern Ute tribe.

• Interview community leaders to preserve and share their teachings, stories and experiences.

• The Council's production team (see below) will travel to the homes of the Elders, Teachers and Dancers to conduct interviews on video, and record any other archival photos, documents and images relevant to the preservation of this tradition.

• Tapes will be transcribed and cataloged for later access.

About the Production Team

Timothy White Eagle, Project Director: successful business owner and established photographer brings his expertise and good eye to the Project.

Eric Slade, Video Producer/Director: is an independent director of Eric Slade Productions whose work has received numerous national and international awards.

Deborah Wolf, PhD, Oral History Consultant: has coauthored two books on oral histories, was sole author on another recent book on the topic and has conducted over 150 oral histories for university research.

NCPC would like to acknowledge the generosity of Dutcher Sterling whose contribution was the seed money for this project.