AMST 3683 Digital Humanities: Final Project

Here’s the link to my digital essay.

Culture Within

See everyone tonight! Cheers!


Oral History :Audio Clips


Here are the links to my audio-clips from my interview with Pauline Allred, an Osage Tribal member and volunteer at the Osage Tribal Museum

osage museum
Pawhuska, OK

The first titled “culture within” is my favorite, she uses the comparison of being in a crowded city as to how she retains her Native American identity.

The second clip titled “Kyle Family Murders” is about the how the Kyle family was nearly annihilated in order to gain head-rights

The third clip is a short clip I’d like to incorporate into my video about how the Osage Tribe (and Native American Tribes in general) are preserving their culture.

For some reason on SoundCloud the clips run one right after another. I uploaded an additional clip that may play; its about the Osage Tribal Government in relation to the United States Government.


Culture Within

Kyle Family Murders

Art: Cultural Preservation

Teach a Gal to Fish

When reflecting on our class I was reminded of this article called How to Fix Anything. It’s very interesting; it paints the technology industry (specifically Apple) as kind of a racket where, if your device breaks you have no option other than sending it to the manufacture for repairs; moreover manufactures are making their devices with obscure parts so the layman is sure to not have the tools needed to fix the device.

I mention this article because of something the author Jason Koebler stated …(spoiler alert) after battling his Mac computer and spending all night staring at wires, he turned on his computer in the morning and he had fixed it himself! He writes:

As someone who pretty much avoided any sort of manual labor—precise or otherwise—my entire life, the feeling was unexpected and foreign. I, myself, fixed something. Somewhere, maybe, I had a small feeling of sticking it to the man. But mostly, I was just proud of myself.

This stuck a chord with me because this was how I felt after each project in class, kind of proud. I felt more confidence with each new digital tool I was able to navigate. That is what I will take away most from this course. I know that with rapidly changing technologies I will need confidence, patience, and troubleshooting abilities and AMST 3683 has most definitely helped me in developing these skills (which is what a lot of workforces are looking for).

My project has helped me fine-tune my research skills. Using the techniques and guidelines we learned in class I have a better understanding of how to evaluate, analyze, and find source material (which I plan on implementing into my digital project). Our classes guest speakers brought these tools to life, as well as our fieldwork at the OSU and Tulsa City County Library Archives. Throughout our class I have developed my research and digital skills. I really like the layout of article I linked above; this class has given me the tools I need to create something similar, which is very valuable.

Bringing it Together: Work-Shopping My Data

osage indian village

I’m making good progress with my research. I have found a lot of materials on the Osage murders. I’ve utilized Oklahoma Historical Societies Archives Catalog  and found several images that relate to the oil boom in Pawhuska , The Osage tribe and the murders. I also found images from our day at the Tulsa Public Library archives that I plan to use as well.

I called the Osage Nation Tribal Museum, and was put me in contact with a woman who has been with the museum for over 15 years. During our phone conversation she told me she is a second cousin to Mollie Burkhart (from the Kyle family-who’s mother, sister and cousin all were murdered). She told me she remembers (aftermath) of the trials, and the many different ways the Reign of Terror has been reported. I would like to ask more about what she remembers about everyday life at time around the Osage murders.

Round House Feast

I am hoping my oral history will provide context in which the murders took place, and give a personal element as well. I plan on bringing my images, along with the data I’ve collected and (hopefully) my oral history interview to our classes’ workshop this week.I’d like to understand more about the lifestyle of the Osage tribe around the time of the murders.

I’m open to suggestions for questions too!

The Price of Good Fortune: Infographic and Timeline

I am noticing a trend (in regards to Oklahoma, Native Americans, and the discovery of oil) that good fortune is often times followed by tragedy. I recently watched a documentary called “Tar Creek”. Here’s a synopsis from their website

“TAR CREEK is the story of the worst environmental disaster you’ve never heard of: the Tar Creek Superfund site. Once one of the largest lead and zinc mines on the planet, Tar Creek is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental devastation in northeastern Oklahoma”

The documentary shows the devastating effects mining has had on the town of Pitcher and especially its residents (The area is in Quapaw tribal jurisdiction)

To view thier website click here: Tar Creek Film

Tar Creek is on Netflix now; I also saw that PBS did a documentary about this as well, called The Creek Runs Red

Our states discovery of its natural resources brought Oklahoma great prosperity, however this good fortune did not come without cost.

Osage Murders:MyHistro Timeline “Events”

Osage Murders Pikto

Oklahoma Oil & The Osage Murders: Oklahoma’s Complex History as “Native America” and “Oil Capitol of the World” Through Pins.

History Pin Link

Oklahoman’s Native American & oil pride; displayed through giant statues: pictured below

Wall Street Journal article on “American Statue”

american stat
Sand Springs Proposed “American Statue” with “Hope ” filter, would stand 217-ft tall.
Tulsa’s Golden Driller with “Hope” filter, stands 76-ft tall

Big Business : State Chamber of Oklahoma, Infographics, and the Oil Industry

The data I found from the State Chamber of Oklahoma is extensive; it goes in-depth with their findings on the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma. The home page for the study has a simple easy to read infograph that gives an overview of the oil and gas industry, which you can view here  Study  .

I believe it follows all of the principles for an effective graphical display as stated in our classes readings (principles found here) ACCENT article

The sites data is easy to visualize, and does a good job of visually explaining an overview of the oil and gas industry in relation in Oklahoma, and in relation to Oklahoma regionally (our surrounding states). The home page does not seem like it has a agenda, however, I went to the links provided for an in-depth report on the oil and gas industry and the chamber does seem to use infographics to advance their agenda of drilling in Oklahoma, this is clear from the titles in the table of context (it’s extensive) such as “drilling triggers a long-lived stream of economic activity”, and if you scroll down further (page 9) State Chamber Graph you will see in the graph figure 1.1 (Oklahoma production of crude oil and natural gas) seemingly backing these claims.

The Oklahoma State Chamber has somewhat of economic agenda in regards to their use of infographics (they are an economic association). I thought this may be an interesting subject in relation to my overall project of the Osage murders, and how the discovery of oil has affected the tribe, while searching for infographic oil information I also found this article. Osage Tribal Trust Settlement which is an example of the ongoing plight (and good fortune) of Osage Nations’ mineral rights.

Osage Oil Derek
Western Oil Derrick (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 26, Ed. 2 Saturday, June 26, 1920 (From the Oklahoma Historical Society) Look For this on my History pin too!