THE FIELD TEAM
The core Field Team is on location for two weeks. Additional team members will include local specialists to provide extra cultural insight, translation and transportation.
Coordinates travel and lodging, gives out day-to-day assignments, liaises with local contacts, handles purchasing and shipping artifacts.
LOCAL CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST
While all members will be identifying artifacts for possible collection, the Curator’s role is to identify the list of artifacts that form the tangible representations of the culture. Knowing that many items in traditional materials culture are hand-made and thus not obtainable in large quantities, the anthropologist will work closely with the Local Liaison to ensure continued acquisition of Red Trunk Project artifacts. The Curator will be responsible for final selection and arranging the methodology for ordering and shipping multiple versions of each artifact.
First Videographer shoots the interviews and assists on the production of the mini-documentaries and tutorial videos.
SECOND VIDEOGRAPHER/SOUND ENGINEER
Shoots and oversees the production of the mini-docs and tutorial videos, as well as recording audio of musical performances and ambient soundscapes.
Shoots all still photography, and helps with videography as required.
A local educator that will act as liaison and translator with any interaction with children. Somebody with whom the children will feel comfortable. (Probably a teacher or school administrator.)
PRE-TRAVEL PREP WORK
Contact will be established with educators, non-governmental organizations, translators and government officials in the target locations. These contacts are absolutely vital to Red Trunk Project for school selection, school contact and coordination, initial translating, and all sorts of introductions
A couple of months prior to the Principal Trip, the Team Leader, the Curator, and the Videographer will visit the location in order to:
- Finalize the production schedule in coordination with the school.
- Meet with Local Liaison and Interviewer.
- Research best methods for transporting cultural materials out of the country.
- Attain all the necessary permits for transporting materials in and out of the country.
- Brief the participating students and teachers on the Red Trunk Project mission.
- Secure participation releases from everybody that will be on camera.
- Resolve any transportation issues.
- Develop mini-documentary concepts with local cultural and historical experts.
- Scout locations.
- Arrange for all needed guides, drivers and translators.
“Cultural differences should not separate us from
eachother, but rather cultural diversity
brings a collectivestrength that can benefit all humanity.”
– Robert Alan
American writer, artist, and social activist.