Saturday, Oct. 15

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
Promenade A

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee, the Archives and Libraries Section, the Comics and Culture Section


Chair: Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

10:30 am
Making the Chilocco Indian School: A Generational Story Graphic Novel
Julie Pearson-Little Thunder (Oklahoma State University)

11:00 am
Ethnographic Cartooning: Fieldwork, Archives and Comics [virtual]
Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

11:30 am
optional discussion time

This panel explores ethnographic comics projects from the Oklahoma University Library and the Vermont Folklife Center. In 2022, the OSU Library will publish Chilocco Indian School: A Generational Story, a historical-fiction graphic novel drawn from archival interviews with Chilocco elders in 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. In the same year, VFC also published Turner Family Stories, a comics anthology drawn from archival interviews with centenarian Daisy Turner of Grafton, VT.