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.

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OHA Archives Interest Group

Dear OHA-AIG Members:
Hello, Everyone. We hope that you are all doing well and staying safe during this very difficult time around the world.

In an effort to stay connected, we are hosting a special OHA-AIG Conference Call is this Friday, April 24, 2020 from 2-3 PM EST. Our intention for this special discussion is to facilitate a time and space for us to connect and discuss our relative situations at this unprecedented time. This additional session will also give us a chance to think about and continue to share questions and information related to remote interviewing, which has become a central conversation in this time of social distancing.

The Zoom information for the meeting is listed below. Please Note: To increase security measures for our group discussion, there is now a password to join the meeting.

Topic:  OHA-AIG April 2020 Meeting
Time:  Apr 24, 2020 01:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to connecting with you!
All the Best,
Heidi and Tina
OHA-AIG Co-Chairs

Heidi Abbey Moyer, M.A., M.L.S.

Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian

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“Protect Our Elders”

Jo Overton is a Mormon Feminist Sicangu Lakota who is leading an effort to get supplies directly to on-the-ground health care workers at Navajo, which has been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. She is sourcing PPE, sanitizer, and other needed medical supplies.
We invite folks to:
1.) consider a modest donation;
2.) share the Go Fund Me “Protect Native Elders” and site links with your networks or on your platforms;
3.) interview Jo Overton for your podcast or other efforts
Overton is a wonderful interviewee, with an amazing legacy of women activists in her family. She has written for Femwoc (Feminist Mormon Women of Color). She wrote the Foreword for Lakota lawyer and legal advocate Viola A. Burnette’s autobiography Confessions of an Iyeska (2018). She is also featured in Peggy Fletcher Stack’s 2015 article “Message from Mormon Blogger to Scouts: Drop the Native American Symbols.”
In Native culture, elders are the keepers of all the wisdom and knowledge of our people. Without them, we lose some of the very things that make us who we are.
COVID-19 is rapidly spreading through the Native American people and they have very few resources to fight the spread. This could decimate an entire culture and generation of Native Elders.
Native Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in across America.
Among the 51% of deaths for which data on race and ethnicity are known, Native Americans make up 15% of deaths.
As of April 17th, the Navajo Nation alone had 1127 cases and 44 deaths. These numbers are accelerating.
Lack of running water and infrastructure makes the situation even more difficult.
Please help us preserve the native elders, native wisdom and support us in providing PPE essentials and supplies to these communities!
“Protect Our Elders” are committed to 100% transparency for all funding. You can find more details on

Spotlight: Sarah Moorhead, SOHA member of 20 Years

SOHA is featuring our members and presenters of SOHA 2020. This week, our spotlight is on Sarah Moorhead, who wrote the following piece about her experiences with SOHA. Sarah has been a dedicated SOHA member for about 20 Years. She has served as the SOHA President (2008-2009), and she received the SOHA Life Achievement Award (2013).

Sarah Moorhead
Sarah Moorhead, Past SOHA President (2008-2009)


By: Sarah Moorhead

In the 1980’s and 1990’s SOHA would send experienced oral historians to other cities to provide workshops. Sylvia Arden and Rose Diaz gave two workshops in Arizona which I attended, but it wasn’t until the Museum Guild President and retired Assistant Librarian, Mary Olive Mott, asked me to restart the Mesa Historical Society’s (MHS) oral history program, which had been in hiatus since 1985, that I actually began oral history work in 1998.

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Every Day-Teaching in the COVID-19 Era

Dr. Summer Cherland, SOHA 2nd Vice President, has worked on launching a blog about Every Day-Teaching in the COVID-19 Era with the South Phoenix Oral History project. See the blog and updates about this incredible work on the South Phoenix Oral History site.
Here is Summer Cherland’s update about this work:
“Over the past few weeks, you’ve shared photos of your new work spaces with us. It appears that we are taking full advantage of dining tables, kitchen counters, and guest rooms. Some of you are teaching outside, others have designed at-home studios, and many of you are figuring out how to teach and parent in the same space. Take a look at our photo gallery of your creativity! Be on the lookout for an ‘after hours’ pic that cracked me up!
Do we miss our too-hot classrooms and our teeny offices now?
Here’s one of our favorites [attached]. Dr. Farina King of Northeastern State University signals her office hours to the rest of the family with a simple door hanger. Brilliant.
Looking ahead:
Are you proud of your new work space? Send it our way! We’ll do another photo gallery soon.
Next week, we will spotlight four student interviews.
Our podcast is going live on Friday [April 3]!”
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In Remembrance of Louis Manuel, Jr.

SOHA Honors Life and Service of Former Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Manuel

SOHA is deeply saddened at the untimely death of former Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Louis Manuel, Jr., who passed away at the age of 57 on April 6, 2020.   Under Chairman Manuel’s leadership, the Ak-Chin Community has sponsored the Eva Tulene Watt award for Native Americans to attend the SOHA conference for years. Native Americans historically have been oral historians and are a valued part of SOHA.

Ak-Chin Indian Community Former Chairman Manuel

Chairman Manuel was named chairman of the tribe in 2009 and served until January 2016.  During his tenure, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino expanded and the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle was constructed.  He helped guide the Community through a period of rapid growth and economic diversification.  He was an advocate for Indigenous education, services for elders and accessibility to social and health services for tribal members.  The mayor of Maricopa, the adjoining town, Congressman Tom O’Halleran and fellow tribal leaders were among those who praised him.

SOHA will respectfully tell our membership of Honorary Chairman Manuel’s role in the Watt award and have a moment of silence for him at our awards ceremony at our upcoming annual conference.

Remote Oral History Interviews

SOHA received this list of Remote Oral History Tips from the Oral History Association Archives Interest Group. We hope we can share information with our members on best practices during these challenging times. We will continue to update this webpage with more resources as they are provided to us.

Remote Oral History Tips:

Remote Interviewing_information and resources : a Google Doc where we can begin listing existing projects, experiences, and other links

Webinar: Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews

Sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History and the Oral History Association

Tuesday, March 31, 1pm to 3pm CDT
Followed by an extended Q&A session

This webinar is free for the public, and requires no pre-registration. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the OHA website.

This timely webinar will address the dynamics of conducting remote oral history interviews. It will begin with an analysis of the pros and cons of conducting distance oral history interviews. Stephen Sloan will then address aspects of interviewing in a distance environment, breaking down the interviewer and narrator experience in these exchanges, and offer direction on best approaches for interviewing at a distance. In recording remote interviews, Steven Sielaff will cover best practices for recording archival-quality oral history interviews, then discuss in depth the tools and techniques available to enable the user to follow best practices in a remote setting. Physical equipment and software used for landline, cellular, and web-based video conferencing recording solutions will be discussed. Adrienne Cain will cover the legal and ethical considerations and implications of oral histories conducted via distance interviewing. The information included in this section abides by OHA’s Principles and Best Practices, John Neuenschwander’s Oral History and the Law, as well as other resources applicable to distance interviewing.


Adrienne Cain
Steven Sielaff
Stephen Sloan

The recording and visual presentation will be made available here: 

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We are excited to announce an incredible conference program! We look forward to seeing you all at Welcome Reception on March 27, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm at UNLV Lied Library in the Goldfield.

Please see the PDF #SOHA2020 draft program and share it with your communities.

We hope you register for our conference online and renew your membership. Please do so here:

Consider staying at the Embassy Suites with our group rate available until the end of this week. Please use this code link:

#SOHA2020 at UNLV

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Join #SOHA2020 at UNLV from March 27-29, 2020 for our annual conference. The conference features a keynote address from Alexander Aviña, ASU Associate Professor on Friday, March 27 and plenary session with oral historian, teacher, writer, and performance artist J. Patrick Johnson on Saturday, March 28. We offer workshops, a documary screening, roundtables, diverse panels, a student lighting round, and a welcome and student reception. You don’t want to miss out on this annual meeting. Register here:

See our Local Arrangements guide for places to dine and visit during your stay.

We recommend that you stay at the
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