Listen closer

Participants in the recent Preserving Aural Heritage in Deadwood seminar, led by Jennifer Heuson of New York University, put their blinders on to fully immerse themselves in the aural side of the city during a sound walk from the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center to the Saloon No. 10.

Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

DEADWOOD — Scholars regularly encourage individuals to open their minds. Jennifer L. Heuson, a PhD candidate at New York University is encouraging the world to open their ears, as well. And she’s using the Black Hills to demonstrate why.

“Sound plays a key role in understanding our selves and our place in the world,” Heuson said. “From the song of our grandmother’s voice to the hum or a summer cicada, our ears teach much about our past and our future. How we hear, listen to, make and experience sound is as much a part of our heritage as paintings, poetry or ponies. Using the Black Hills as a primary case study, this project investigates the role of sound in heritage production and preservation. It asks how sound mediates cultural memory, national identity and history.”

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