Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with J. Anthony Paredes, January 12, 2012

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Introduction and interest in anthropology

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Partial Transcript: So this is, uh, an interview with the past president of the SFAA, uh, Tony or Anthony Paredes.

Segment Synopsis: In this opening segment, Paredes talks about how he became interested in anthropology. He was involved with Boy Scouts and initially wanted to work with them as a paid employee. He then wanted to teach elementary school and then finally chose to become an anthropologist.

Keywords: Boy Scouts; Departments; Interests; Trainings

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Ethnography; Indians of North America; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.; Society for Applied Anthropology

00:09:47 - Graduate school influences

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Partial Transcript: And in New Mexico, um, I happened to be at the department at a time when there was kind of, uh, at least a suspicious eye cast on applied anthropology as something that was perhaps not quite right.

Segment Synopsis: Paredes talks about the influences that shaped his intellectual thinking when he was in graduate school. He talks about the researchers who were teaching at the University of New Mexico at the time he attended.

Keywords: Graduates; Pueblos; Suspicious; Urban; Urbanism

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Ethnography; Indians of North America; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.; Society for Applied Anthropology; University of New Mexico

00:18:29 - Mental Health Institute

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Partial Transcript: At any rate, I had all of this background.

Segment Synopsis: Paredes talks about the work he did while he was completing his PhD. Paredes worked for the Mental Health Institute studying patterns of depression among populations suffering from economic depression. While much of this work remained unpublished, it provided Paredes with the foundation of his career.

Keywords: Foundations; Logs; Populations; Projects; Psychiatrists; Psychological; Research; Samples; Studies

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Economics; Indians of North America; Mental health; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.

00:29:42 - University research

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Partial Transcript: Well, that, uh, in the history of, of anthropology and applied anthropology there, there's been a lot of calls all the time for more team projects but, um, it seems like those might have even declined from the past.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Paredes talks about his research that came from the universities he has worked at over the years. Paredes has worked with a number of universities over the years where his research has been funded. Paredes talks about which universities he has worked for and what the projects are.

Keywords: Agriculture; Creeks; Cultures; Fisheries; Grants

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Economics; Education; Fishing; Indians of North America; Mental health; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.; Poverty; University of Florida

00:37:22 - Muscogee research

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Partial Transcript: The main, the main thing has been with Creek--

Segment Synopsis: Paredes describes the research that he has done since working at the Mental Health Institute. Most of his research consisted of studying North American Indians from a specific tribe in Alabama, the Muscogee (or Creek).

Keywords: American Indians; Claims; Grants; Treaties; Tribes

Subjects: Alabama; Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Ethnography; Indians of North America; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.; Poverty; University of Florida

00:47:14 - Reflections on fieldwork

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Partial Transcript: I read your little paper that you called the 'anthropology old time.'

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Paredes describes what he believes his fieldwork in Alabama did and what his fieldwork meant to the community. The tribe he was working with was more interested in learning about their culture and preserving it than in becoming a federally recognized tribe.

Keywords: Communities; Documents; Histories

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Indians of North America; Oral history.; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.

01:02:51 - Interaction in anthropological societies

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Partial Transcript: That, that leads me to--maybe we should talk--are we ready to talk about Society for Applied Anthropology?

Segment Synopsis: Paredes describes his work with the Society for Applied Anthropology. He talks about his role as president of the society.

Keywords: Human Organization; Organizations; Publications; Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)

Subjects: AIDS (Disease); Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Indians of North America; Paredes, J. Anthony (James Anthony), 1939- --Interviews.; Society for Applied Anthropology