In this week’s reading, the idea of oral history as performance caught my attention. I have always viewed oral history as a type of performance because of it’s ability to move people and create a life like moment. Polluck described the use of oral history as performance as “living history,” that involves dialogue and community building.
I agree with the fact that oral histories strengthen communities and bring people together to share commonalities or even bond over differences. I also liked how Polluck described the performances and oral histories as unpredictable, and unscripted. The performances are dynamic, and are never stagnant or flat. I think that oral histories allow for more in depth analysis of situations, that force the performer to put themselves in that moment they are trying to reinact.