RR 6 - 8 March 2007 3. A key method that Joanne Mulcahy...

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8 March 2007 3. A key method that Joanne Mulcahy takes in composing this account is the use of oral history with a key informant, Mary Peterson. How does Mulcahy present the processes through which she acquired her insights about Mary and the Alutiq? Do you think her personal reflections about her research process serve as commentaries about broader issues, and if so, what and how? Mulcahy research involved the investigation of the patterns in the many stories that were told to her by the Aleut people, the connection between midwives and the Health Aides as well ad the identification of their ethnicity (xxv). With the stories and the history of the Russian peoples, she was able to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Mary Peterson, her key informant, and the other woman provided stories that tied together the midwifery of the culture with the culture itself, leading to a cultural rebirth and a collective social healing (xx). All the oral histories that were told to her encompassed the same facts including the idea that the
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course ANTH 147 taught by Professor Rivkin-fish during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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