Facilitating local stories in post-disaster regional communities : evaluation in narrative-driven oral history projects

Klaebe, Helen G. (2013) Facilitating local stories in post-disaster regional communities : evaluation in narrative-driven oral history projects. Oral History Journal of South Africa, 1(1), pp. 125-142.

Abstract

Cyclone Yasi struck the Cassowary Coast of Northern Queensland, Australia, in the early hours of February 3, 2011, destroying many homes and property, including the destruction of the Cardwell and district historical society’s premises.

With their own homes flattened, many residents were forced to live in mobile accommodation, with extended family, or leave the area altogether. The historical society members seemed, however, particularly devastated by their flattened foreshore museum and loss of their precious collection of material. A call for assistance was made through the Oral History Association of Australia’s Queensland branch (OHAA Qld), which along with a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research team sponsored a trip to best plan how they could start to pick up the pieces to rebuild the museum.

This chapter highlights the need for communities to gather, preserve and present their own stories, in a way that is sustainable and meaningful to them – whether that be because of a disaster, or as they go about life in their contemporary communities – the key being that good advice, professional support and embedded evaluation practices at crucial moments along the way can be critically important.

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ID Code: 66520
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: oral history, digital storytelling, evaluation, interviews, community history, disasters, public history, creative writing
ISSN: 2309-5792
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Oral History Association of South Africa
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Deposited On: 22 Jan 2014 23:13
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2016 16:01

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