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Documenting Maritime Folklife: An Introductory Guide

Part 2: How to Document

How to document:

Introduction

Researchers can draw upon a core of techniques to document the variety of cultural expressions described in the preceding chapter. Altogether they represent an important resource for every fieldworker. In approaching documentation projects, lay researchers should be aware that cultural specialists, like doctors, lawyers, and cabinet makers, employ a professional methodology, and that the results of their endeavors are judged according to certain professional standards. Moreover, researchers should seek a high level of craftsmanship with documentation techniques. Skillful execution of techniques will not only result in the collection of data of high quality but will implicitly show respect for the people being documented. Since Part 2 provides only a general introduction to documentation, readers are advised to consult works contained in the Bibliography for more detailed information.

 

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