Steps of the Project

All Student Contributors will:

  • Select a partner in class and decide on which community or individual performer they would like to document
  • Contact a community leader and/or individual to assess interest in participation
  • Receive training in: ethics in ethnography and research with human subjects, consent forms and permissions requests, and copyright and intellectual/artistic property
  • Submit an application for project approval through the Saint Mary’s College IRB (Institutional Review Board)
  • Conduct Participant-Observation Research with the consent of event organizers or individuals
  • Take photographs, audio recordings, and field notes with the consent of event organizers or individuals
  • Interview a musician, performer, or practitioner in the community
  • Write and publish a documentary ethnography about the community and/or individual using photos, musical excerpts, field notes, and interview quotes
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