Spotlight: Midge Dellinger, SOHA member since 2017

Midge Dellinger became a SOHA member in 2017, during her first year as a graduate student.  She received her Master of Arts degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Native American Studies from Northeastern State University, located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in May of 2019.  From 2017 to 2019, Midge served on the SOHA Board of Directors as the Student Representative.  It was also in 2017 that she received the SOHA Eva Tuelene Watt Award.

Midge Dellinger presents at SOHA 2017 in Tempe, Arizona

Here is a message from Midge:

Hello everyone, this is Midge Dellinger from Tulsa, Oklahoma!  Well, since the last time I saw many of you in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the annual Oral History Association conference, I have experienced great change in my life.  As many of you know, it has been my goal and ambition since becoming introduced to the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA), in 2017, to engage Muscogee peoples with the practice of oral history.  Today, I am very proud to tell all of you that beginning on January 6, 2020, I became the Oral Historian for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  It is a great honor to be given the responsibility of revitalizing oral history in the Muscogee Nation and creating what I hope will be a very successful oral history program for my fellow Muscogee citizens.  I have been busy re-organizing our current online oral history archive, ordering new recording equipment, writing a procedure manual, and preparing for a project on traditional Muscogee foodways.

In my short time with SOHA, I have come to appreciate the comradery and the compassion for the field of oral history exhibited by the many SOHA members that I have had the pleasure of meeting.  Presenting at past conferences has bolstered my confidence as an oral historian, and I always look forward to engaging with all those who are doing amazing oral history work and projects.  When I entered graduate school, it was not my intention to become an oral historian for the Muscogee Nation, but after being introduced to SOHA, it is now my profession and my passion.  And, I owe many thanks to Dr. Farina King for introducing me to oral history and SOHA. I hope to see you in Las Vegas, where I will share about the work myself and what others are doing in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation!

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