Graphic Ethnography & Ethnographic Cartooning
Drawing has long been a part of the field practice of ethnographers, but only recently have researchers begun to embrace the use of comics as a medium for representing human experience and culture from an ethnographic perspective.
Through various ongoing projects VFC explores the emerging use of cartooning in the context of ethnographic representation, and the way comics and cartooning can inform ethnographic practice.
As a part of our Vermont Cartooning and Culture Project, cartoonist Iona Fox visited with three participants in the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and created a series comics about them.
A short comic produced by Lucy Wright based on her fieldwork experiences studying traditional dance in the UK. Lucy created it as a part the Culture Through Comics workshop we coordinated at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Buffalo, NY.
A short comic produced by Erin Kathleen Bahl from an interview in the VFC Archive with Katharine DuClos of Braintree, VT. Erin created it as a part the Culture Through Comics workshop we coordinated at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Buffalo, NY.
The Most Costly Journey (in Spanish, El viaje más caro) is an ethnographic cartooning project that employs collaborative storytelling as a tool to mitigate loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms.