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Rethinking the Differences between Oral and Written Evidence - January 22nd 2016


January 22nd 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

James P Howley's The Beothucks has been an essential source for historians, archaeologists and novelists for a century, but most people have mined his book for traces of the eradicated indigenous people of Newfoundland without reflecting upon him as a historian. He compiled evidence from both the material culture and textual records, and from oral tradition he personally collected. This workshop will explore his treatment of evidence and breaks down the dichotomy between textual and oral evidence. Most of the documents Howley used, in fact, had their origins in oral sources.

Jeff Webb is Associate Professor of History at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His Observing the Outports: Describing Newfoundland Culture, 1950-1980 is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press.

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