Making the Chilocco Indian School: A Generational Story Graphic Novel


Julie Pearson-Little Thunder (Oklahoma State University)

This panel explores ethnographic comics projects from Oklahoma University Library and the Vermont Folklife Center. In 2022 OSU Library will publish Chilocco Indian School: A Generational Story, an historical-fiction graphic novel drawn from archival interviews with Chilocco elders from the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School Collection of OSU Library. In 2021 VFC published The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists, a comics collection created from interviews with Latin American migrant workers on Vermont dairy farms, and Turner Family Stories, a comics anthology drawn from archival interviews with centenarian Daisy Turner of Grafton, VT.

Part of 08-03 Drawing from Ethnographic Materials: Creating Comics from Ethnographic and Oral History Fieldwork and Archives [hybrid], Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm