Connecting People to the Past: An Ethnographic Approach to Maritime Heritage Interpretation and Recreation

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Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA, volume 5)

Abstract

This chapter describes the development of an ethnographic methodology for creating maritime heritage trails. Researching historical context, identifying available heritage resources, and visually assessing potential trail sites provided the foundation for establishing the interpretation potential of the Apalachicola River in the Florida panhandle. Information from community observations, community participation, free listing, group interviews, and cultural informants illuminated public opinions and attitudes. By allowing ethnographic data to steer and guide each stage of the trail model, this research was able to identify, adapt to, and address public wants and needs during the developmental stages.

Keywords

Clay Transportation Silt Flint Preconceive 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Public Archaeology NetworkPensacolaUSA

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