Oral History in Micronesia

ORAL history expands people’s appreciation of knowledge, according to Guam oral historian and ethnographer Rlene Santos Steffy in a presentation at Northern Marianas College on Tuesday and Wednesday.  In an interview, Steffy said oral history consists of the memories or recollections of people who experienced a particular historical event.  “It is about the people —   they have the story so let us hear what they have to say, and that will expand our understanding of history because it is not just textbooks written by authors who are paid to do that. They tell us the who, what, where, when, why and how, but not the heart of the story, of those who were involved in the story and have a personal connection to history,” Steffy said.
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