Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Intangible Cultural Heritage Fieldwork Instruction Programme

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador often offers workshops in recording and collecting Intangible Cultural Heritage. The following list includes the topics most professional field workers consider essential training for ethical and useful field work experience.

1. Fieldwork and Responsibility
A. Ethics
B. Obtaining and Use of Consent Forms
C. Archiving Collections
D. Copyrighted Material and Agreements For Use

2. Cultural Perspectives
A. Difference Between Intangible and Tangible Cultural Heritage
B. Identifying Community ICH and Tradition Bearers
D. Traditional Art and Craft
E. Oral Traditions

3. Ethnographic Observation
A. Fieldwork in a Community Context
B. Community as a Dynamic Resource and Environment As Place
C. Fieldwork Journaling, Field Notes, and Reflective Observations
D. Photographs, Sketches, and Memorabilia in Fieldwork Journaling

4. Interviewing
A. Interviewing Relatives, Community Members, and Strangers
B. Professional Boundaries and Setting Up An Interview
C. The Open-Ended Question and Other Interview Techniques
D. Unplanned Interviews and Surprising Results

5. Project Planning
A. Determining Scope, Focus, Goals, and Funding Of Research
B. Identifying and Developing ICH Resource Lists
C. Fieldwork Location, People, and Equipment
D. Coordinating Fieldtrip Transportation, Lodging, and Other Necessities

6. Field Recording
A. Photography
B. Audio Recording and Transcribing
C. Video Recording

7. Organizing and Archiving Field Data
A. Developing Organizational Methods
B. Process for Archiving Data
C. Overview of Digital Access Index (DAI)
D. Managing Archival Collections

8. Analyzing and Presenting Field Data
A. Organizing Collected Information
B. Linear Versus Conceptual Presentations
C. Power Point Presentations
D. Final Project Planning and Collaborations
E. Leading a Discussion with Questions and Answers Components

For further information and scheduling, please contact:

Dale Jarvis
Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
1 Springdale Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 5171, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5V5
709-739-1892 ext 2
toll free: 1-888-739-1892 ext 2

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