•Recollections of Home / Recuerdos de mi Tierra•

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•Overview•

During the summers of 1999 and 2000, 40 college student interns who participated in Student Action with Farmworkers' Into the Fields Summer Internship and Leadership Development Program documented folk traditions of North and South Carolina's farmworker and immigrant Latino communities.

The SAF interns worked directly with farmworkers through health clinics, legal and immigration organizations, Migrant Education Programs, and community organizing groups in rural North and South Carolina. By working with community-based organizations, interns had direct access to the isolated farmworker population.

The interns learned about farmworkers' patterns of life andn work, observing how farmworkers define community in North and South Carolina. Through the survey, interns used audio recording and photography to document verbal, material, and customary traditions. The verbal traditions documented include songs such as rancheros and románticos and stories about La Virgin of Guadalupe. The material customs documented include traditional foods, crochet, folk, healing traditions, and piñatas. The customary traditions documented include home altars, quinceañera celebrations, weddings and festivals.



Part of SAF's mission is to increase interaction, communication and understanding among people of different cultures. This exhibit recognizes and records how farmworkers, Latinos and their families transport and recreate aspects of their native traditions as they migrate in pursuit of agricultural work or settle into communities. The photographs represent the value of face-to-face interaction between interns and farmworkers. In many instances, farmworkers reveal the dynamic process of the shaping and reinvention of traditional expressions through the forces of new settings and circumstances.

Farmworker literature and advocacy often focuses solely on work-related issues. This exhibit gives farmworkers a chance to communicate outside of this limited frame - to convey a sense of pride and value in their culture. As SAF identifies those who maintain the songs, stories, and craft traditions of their native cultures, opportunities arise for sharing our fieldwork with community members, students, and the general public. By highlighting the traditions and creative lives of farmworkers with those outside their occupational and cultural group, we hope to bring their humanity to the forefront.

•Hosting the Exhibit•

DESCRIPTION

Recollections of Home/Recuerdos de mi Tierra is a photography exhibit and bilingual (Spanish/English) publication that celebrates the rich cultural practices, beliefs, and values that Latino farmworkers and immigrants bring to North and South Carolina. Both were created and produced by Students Action with Farmworkers (SAF), a NC-based nonprofit advocacy organization.

College students who participated in SAF's Into the Fields Internship and Leadership Development Program during the summers of 1999 through 2002 documented folklife traditions featured in Recollections. The interns learned about farmworkers’ patterns of life and work, observing how farmworkers define community in North and South Carolina. Through the survey, interns used audio recording and photography to document verbal, material, and customary traditions. The verbal traditions documented include songs such as rancheros and románticos, stories about La Virgen de Guadalupe, and personal border crossing narratives. The material customs documented include traditional foods, crochet, folk healing traditions, and piñatas. The customary traditions documented include home altars, quinceañera celebrations, weddings, and festivals.

Part of SAF's mission is to increase interaction, communication and understanding among people of different cultures. Fostering cross-cultural awareness can help honor differences and deepen perceptions beyond surface appearances. The gathered documents in Recollections recognize and record how farmworkers, Latinos and their families transport and recreate aspects of their native traditions as they migrate in pursuit of agricultural work or settle into communities.

The exhibit includes twenty-nine 11" x 17" black and white framed photographs, two 11" x 17" color framed photographs, 31 captions, and 11 text panels (five Spanish, five English, one bilingual).


SPONSORS

The publication and exhibit were made possible with the support of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.


HOST REQUIREMENTS

Provide adequate display space for the images & text panels
Assist SAF with hanging exhibit
Host the exhibit for 3-6 months
Assist SAF with planning and advertising an opening
Assist with publicizing the exhibit
Provide minimal fee (sliding scale depending on resources of host: $150 - $500)


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact
Joanna Welborn
Assistant Director

919-660-3652

 
 
 
SAF * 1317 W Pettigrew Street * Durham, NC 27705 * Phone (919)660-3652