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Weathering the Storm

From: Vermont Folklife Center Media
Length: 38:32

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On August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont, bringing with it the worst flooding seen in the state since the early 20th century. "Weathering the Storm" explores the collective experience of Tropical Storm Irene across multiple communities in Vermont.

3_small Disasters are experienced collectively. Only by listening to the constellation of experience, by hearing stories from not one or a few but many perspectives, does an understanding of the event and the effects it has had on a community and a region begin to take shape. Enter Story Circles. Story Circles are community-organized events with only one rule: each person joins the circle. No questions are asked. A microphone is passed around and each person is invited to talk about what feels most relevant to them.  Through the Irene Storytelling Project the Vermont Folklife Center , in partnership with local communities and other state-wide organizaitons such as Starting Over Strong Vermont, hosted story circles in hard hit areas around Vermont.

The voices heard in "Weathering the Storm" were recorded at these story circle events in various locations  duing 2011 and 2012.

This is the story of Tropical Irene as told by Vermonters on their own terms - narrationless, the story is told by forty voices in forty minutes.

To hear more excerpts from Irene Storytelling Project story cirlcles, visit Irene Digital Memory .

Weathering the Storm was produced by Aylie Baker.

Piece Description

Disasters are experienced collectively. Only by listening to the constellation of experience, by hearing stories from not one or a few but many perspectives, does an understanding of the event and the effects it has had on a community and a region begin to take shape. Enter Story Circles. Story Circles are community-organized events with only one rule: each person joins the circle. No questions are asked. A microphone is passed around and each person is invited to talk about what feels most relevant to them.  Through the Irene Storytelling Project the Vermont Folklife Center , in partnership with local communities and other state-wide organizaitons such as Starting Over Strong Vermont, hosted story circles in hard hit areas around Vermont.

The voices heard in "Weathering the Storm" were recorded at these story circle events in various locations  duing 2011 and 2012.

This is the story of Tropical Irene as told by Vermonters on their own terms - narrationless, the story is told by forty voices in forty minutes.

To hear more excerpts from Irene Storytelling Project story cirlcles, visit Irene Digital Memory .

Weathering the Storm was produced by Aylie Baker.

Additional Credits

Music by Jake Wildwood
Mastered by David Cooper

Related Website

http://www.vermontfolklifecneter.org/irene/