The sewing pattern is yellowing, and bears the distinct aura of being from the late 1970s. Its envelope is wrinkled and torn. It is a pattern for a set of four unremarkable stuffed animals—a bear, a dog, a cat and a seal. It is the sort of thing I would get rid of, now my […]
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An interpretive naturalist prepares for a Saturday afternoon nature walk at the Regional Park. Into her pack go binoculars, magnifying lenses, a puppet, an mp3 player loaded with bird calls, insect collecting jars, historic photos of the park, a stoat pelt, paper and crayons for bark rubbings, plaster casts of animal tracks…She heads out on […]
Interpretation has a purpose. Our interpretive programmes have a theme, or take home message. They are aligned to the mission and vision of our organisations. They have desired outcomes reflected in visitor knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. But interpretation can also sometimes have magic. Sometimes – rarely, but every once in a great while – it […]
Years ago as a relatively new interpreter, I worked at an outdoor education centre in Ohio that did living history programmes. The most popular programme was an Underground Railroad programme where school kids played the part of escaping slaves. As they travelled north toward Canada, they met a variety of characters, some nice and some […]
Being a front-line interpreter for over 20 years, I recognise the importance of personal interactions in our visitors’ experiences. A live interpreter can provide a more powerful experience than any sign, exhibit, or app possibly can. Unfortunately, as budgets grow ever tighter and technological possibilities more flashy, managers rely increasingly on non-personal interpretation. A few […]
Who has the “right” to interpret a culture? Can a good interpreter sensitively interpret other cultures? I am an American. More specifically, I am Pennsylvania Dutch. My German and Swiss ancestors arrived in the New World in the 1700s. My own cultural experiences growing up centred on typical Pennsylvania Dutch food (homemade pickles, whoopie pies, […]