Ember's Oral History Corner


What is Oral History

Oral history is a collection of personal accounts of any given historical event.  These accounts are gathered through interviewing the witnesses of an event.  Sometimes oral history is an ethnographic process by which one narrator’s life story is preserved through interviews.  These narratives are then preserved through digital and non-digital means (i.e. transcribing on paper and reel to reel recordings).

Why? Oral history gives us an insight into history, and it teaches us that history is not just dates, facts and figures, it is about all of us.  History is about the people who lived there and then and what their experiences were.  We are all a part of history.

About Me:

I am an independent oral historian and writer.  I am also our library's Heritage consultant. I use oral history and written documents in order to promote cultural preservation through research. I am also a craft person working with mediums as grain for old European style wheat weavings. to beadwork. using First Nations and Métis designs.

I can be reached at:

Embersidhe [at] montagnaismetis.ca


Links to Articles: 

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Its a Living Thing.” Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore. (August 2016). http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol65/berton-reilly.pdf 

Non-Peer Review Publications

“Native Military Service Oral History Project.” Voices, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (July 2015).

“Our Corn Is Still Standing: Indigenous Foodways and Identity in New England.” Digest: A Journal of Foodways & Culture. Research Note: (Issue 5.1). http://digest.champlain.edu/rn5_2_1.html

“Christmas Eve at a Refugee Camp.” Digest: A Journal of
Foodways & Culture. Amuse Bouche: (Forthcoming, Issue 5.2).

“Oral History and Self Determination - Who Are We?” In Context: A Quarterly Oral History Journal. (October 2016).