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.”