SFA’s Ethnographic Field Schools offer training in the basic skills of cultural analysis and documentation, using the toolbox of ethnography as practiced by anthropologists and folklorists. The program is specifically geared for non-academic adult learners—adult professionals interested in cultural documentation and enhancing “sense of place.”
Field Schools are offered annually throughout the Southwest border corridor. We develop each program collaboratively with host communities to mutually benefit local producers, artisans, and educators, and Field School participants.
Our programs incorporate:
- Hands-on involvement and field activities about traditional foods, ways of life, and artistic expressions of everyday life.
- Visits with artisans and tradition-bearers in their workshops and homes.
- Basic understanding and methods of “fieldwork,” including ethics, conduct, and mutual respect.
- Coaching in place-based writing and basic photo-documentation techniques, as well as shared strategies for publishing work on blogs, in newsletters, and in community publications.
Past Field Schools:
2015 SFA Ethnographic Field School – Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico
2014 SFA Ethnographic Field School – Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico
2013 SFA Ethnographic Field School – Banamichi, Sonora, Mexico
2012 SFA Ethnographic Field School – Tucson, Arizona