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Carry Forth the Stories

An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Tradition

Rodney Frey

Foreword by Leonard Bends


Intertwining his own as well as stories from interviews, oral histories, and elders, seasoned anthropologist/ethnographer Rodney Frey offers personal and professional insights into the power and value of storytelling. A model for engaging with indigenous peoples, his work addresses permissions and cultural property rights, tribal review, “giving back,” and more.

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Seasoned anthropologist/ethnographer Rodney Frey offers personal and professional insights into the power and value of storytelling gleaned from more than forty years of working successfully with indigenous peoples. He frames his “ethnographic memoir” as “the quest of an ethnographer to learn from his hosts and engage in collaborative, applied, ethical-based research, writing, and classroom pedagogy.” He addresses cultural property rights, tribal review, and giving back to host communities, along with indigenous learning styles, perspectives, and knowledge. His collaborative research projects with the Crow, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Warm Springs, and Wasco tribes offer a model for others seeking to work with Native communities. In Carry Forth the Stories, Frey intertwines stories gathered from interviews, oral histories, and elders. He also shares facets of his own cancer journey seeking therapy from both Native and Western healing traditions.

Read the Moscow-Pullman Daily News‘ interview on their Inland 360 website

Illustrations / maps / bibliography / index / glossary / 276 pages (2017)

$29.95 paperback




“This book offers something very rare and very important: a reflection on what the author has learned over a long career as a professor and as a human being. His ability to weave together central ideas within his scholarly work (orality, literacy, ethnographic methodology, the ethics of scholarship, pedagogy, traditionalism) with his own personal narrative is striking, and often simply beautiful.”—Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, Pacific Lutheran University, author of Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest

“An impressive exploration of indigenous storytelling and culture…in a distinctive style consistent with indigenous storytelling methods. Dr. Frey invites the reader to indulge, not as a casual observer, but as an active participant. This is the heart of indigenous storytelling.”—Randall Schleufer, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Board of Directors, Salish School of Spokane

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Dimensions 6 x 9 in


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