Strict ethical requirements will be followed throughout the entirety of this project. All students are required to submit a formal application to the Saint Mary’s College Institutional Review Board (IRB) and to receive approval before initiating fieldwork. Additionally, all fieldwork projects will be conducted under the close supervision of the project coordinator, Dr.Emily J.R. McManus. Students will present all performers and practitioners with consent forms and media release forms at least one week prior to initiating fieldwork. All participants must sign the IRB consent form to participate; however, you may decide if you would like your contributions to be confidential or if you prefer to receive credit for your contributions. The media release form will allow you to decide what, if any, documentation you would like published on this blog (photography, audio recordings, interview transcripts). Please see consent and media release forms for more information.