Collection Number: 20181

Collection Title: Ron Robinson Field Recordings of Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey and Goingback Chiltoskey, 1980

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Abstract Field recordings of Cherokee tales performed by Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey (1907-2000), a white storyteller, teacher, and an honorary member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Select recordings also include a conversation with Goingback Chiltoskey (1907-2000), a woodcarver and member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Ron Robinson, a white Duke graduate student of Waynesville, N.C., made the recordings in 1980 for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill folklore course taught by Daniel Patterson. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Robinson, Ron.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ron Robinson Field Recordings of Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey and Goingback Chiltoskey #20181, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Ron Robinson is the Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Wofford College, where he directs Wofford's Interfaith Programs. A 1978 Wofford graduate, Robinson earned two postgraduate degrees from Duke University, an M.Div. and Th.M. While a graduate student at Duke, Robinson enrolled in a folklore class taught by Daniel Patterson at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he recorded Cherokee stories and mountain stories he had heard as a child growing up in Haywood County, N.C. He later earned his doctor of ministry degree (D.Min.) at Southern Methodist University and also received a certificate in church management at the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University. His research interests include spirituality in higher education, religion and the environment, and religion in the American South.

Storyteller and author Mary Ellen Ulmer Chiltoskey (1907-2000) taught the Cherokee language and served as librarian at Cherokee High School in Cherokee, N.C., in the mid-twentieth century. Her published works include Aunt Mary, Tell Me A Story: A Collection of Cherokee Legends & Tales, Cherokee Words With Pictures, and Cherokee Cooklore: Preparing Cherokee Foods. In 1956, she married Goingback "G. B." Chiltoskey (born James Goingback Chiltoskie), a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, fellow teacher, and woodcarver whose artwork is exhibited in the North Carolina Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Mary Chiltoskey, a white woman, became an honorary member of the Eastern Band in 1989.

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Field recordings of Cherokee tales performed by Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey (1907-2000), a white storyteller, teacher, and an honorary member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Select recordings also include a conversation with Goingback Chiltoskey (1907-2000), a woodcarver and member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Ron Robinson, a white Duke graduate student of Waynesville, N.C., made the recordings for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill folklore course taught by Daniel Patterson. The 1/4" open reel audio recordings found in the collection are dubs made from the original field recordings.

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This summary description was created in January 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Updated by: Anne Wells, August 2020

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