In her Introduction Pollock discussed how performing can be a way of portraying the aspect of oral history .  Specifically,  ” the performance of oral history  is itself a transformational process ”  (pg 2) .  I think when she writes ” that oral history is strung between reference to real events and real listener/witnesses , between recollection and anticipation of historical change”. This is the essence of what performance of oral history is. You have witnesses and also you have people who have heard of the event and the performance then falls  somewhere in between. I think a good example of this is when a movie says its based off true events. Also, a good example is when someone performs an event and the story gets told over and over. The old saying that the fish gets bigger every time the story is told is a great example of my point on oral history performances. Ed Love is also nice example of my point.




Superstitious Rituals

In class we discussed a little about rituals we perform almost religiously yet there no is almost no logic to them. My example would be before I play a game. We always eat a pre game meal four hours before the game . We also put on suits for the pre game meal which I wonder why we do it every home game , but it’s just a ritual that my coach believes in. It’s funny because my coach is one the most superstitious people I’ve ever known. He knows what ties, shoes and even belts he wore in our wins and losses . However, the most ritualistic thing my team does and we have no reason why is the jump around song before each game is played before the start of every home game and my teammates dance to it . It’s funny to the fans , but I wouldn’t feel right without it before I step on the court . This ritual doesn’t necessarily have any way it helps me physically or mentally, yet it’s so comforting.