Presentation Title

Be Our Guest: An Ethnology of Researchers on the Santa Rosa Islands

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-93

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Santa Rosa Island in one of the California Channel Islands, located West of the mainland at Ventura County. Originally settled by the Chumash band of Native Americans, the Islands were colonized by cattle and sheep ranchers. Beginning in the 1980s, the Channel Islands were transformed into a National Park. Santa Rosa joined the National Park System in December of 1986.Since April 2014 California State University Channel Islands has maintained and operated a research station on Santa Rosa Island in partnership with the National Park Service. The “bunkhouse”--the research station was originally a bunkhouse for cowboys who lived on the island--is used to house researchers and others visiting the Island for academic purposes. Many of the people who stay there sign a guestbook, reflecting on their experiences and discoveries on the Island.We digitized and transcribed the guest book from the research station on the Channel Islands. Using the textual data from the transcription, weper form descriptive content analysis of the text to discover how researchers construct their experience of the Island as researchers, and how they experience the Island from a human perspective. Our research demonstrates the value of these documents for understanding the “lived experience” of researchers on the Island. . In 2012, The digitized document and transcription will be archived, along with other research artifacts, and made available online so our team can share the experiences people had on the island. Uploading and sharing this guest book, allows us to share why it is important to have natural and open spaces. It will also allow future generations to examine how people’s views of the island have changed over time. The information provided by our project may be used to help conservation and preservation efforts on the Islands.

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Be Our Guest: An Ethnology of Researchers on the Santa Rosa Islands

HUB 302-93

Santa Rosa Island in one of the California Channel Islands, located West of the mainland at Ventura County. Originally settled by the Chumash band of Native Americans, the Islands were colonized by cattle and sheep ranchers. Beginning in the 1980s, the Channel Islands were transformed into a National Park. Santa Rosa joined the National Park System in December of 1986.Since April 2014 California State University Channel Islands has maintained and operated a research station on Santa Rosa Island in partnership with the National Park Service. The “bunkhouse”--the research station was originally a bunkhouse for cowboys who lived on the island--is used to house researchers and others visiting the Island for academic purposes. Many of the people who stay there sign a guestbook, reflecting on their experiences and discoveries on the Island.We digitized and transcribed the guest book from the research station on the Channel Islands. Using the textual data from the transcription, weper form descriptive content analysis of the text to discover how researchers construct their experience of the Island as researchers, and how they experience the Island from a human perspective. Our research demonstrates the value of these documents for understanding the “lived experience” of researchers on the Island. . In 2012, The digitized document and transcription will be archived, along with other research artifacts, and made available online so our team can share the experiences people had on the island. Uploading and sharing this guest book, allows us to share why it is important to have natural and open spaces. It will also allow future generations to examine how people’s views of the island have changed over time. The information provided by our project may be used to help conservation and preservation efforts on the Islands.