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 Editing Interview Transcripts into Narrative The purpose of the following material is to provide a substantial demonstration of how the interview transcripts were originally edited. Questions were deleted, references to gestures inserted from field notes, and unclear pronouns replaced with nouns, usually from the preceding interview question. Dashes indicate hesitations, and ellipses indicate points where we overlapped or cut one another off or there is an especially long pause. Material that is unclear or not spoken fluently is either deleted or condensed. The first section of this transcript has been reproduced photographically to allow readers to view the editing process through my handcorrected pages. What follows is an electronically edited version of the sample transcript, which reproduces my revision marks typographically. In the electronicallyedited version, insertions are shown in square brackets , and deletions are shown with strikeout. Changes in capitalization have been marked with either double-underline, to indicate that a lowercase letter should be capitalized, ordouble-strikethrough, to indicate that an initial cap should be made lowercase. Italicized material in brackets is from fieldnotes I made during the interview. This transcript taken from the sixth interview, May , . The interview was conducted on a patio area of the hospital at Sells, Arizona , which accounts for traffic noise and inaudible words on the tape caused by wind on the microphone. Though the University of Arizona Department of Anthropology supplied me with a high quality reel-toreel tape recorder for the interviews, the microphone, I discovered when I listened to this tape, was overly sensitive for outdoor recording. Not far from where we sat during our conversation, about a dozen cattle grazed idly. The cattle, with cactus thorns bristling from their muzzles, initiated Ted’s taking up the topic of cactus harvesting.  Sample of the Pencil-edited Transcript Electronically Edited Transcript [¶] : You know this fruit—red ones, some are yellow—well, they grow in different varieties. It’s a certain time. Not all the same— some grow a little bit early or some later—real red ones, dark and kind of yellow. They’re sweet. : And what kind of cactus is it? : It’s this—what you call it—prickly pear. : Oh. : You have—it grows off the ground in a bunch[,] I don’t know, like well, it’s—and on the bottom it’s prickly, too. You know, there’s a little thorn (inaudible). Every time you load it on the truck, [and you’re] if somebody’s sitting back in the back of the truck, when you start moving you’ve got to watch for it. : They jump, huh? : Yeah, they jump[,] [ flutters hands] [and] (inaudible) it might get in your eyes. Every time when we load it we have to [put it]—way in the back, you know, the cactus, put something over it so it won’t [move] (truck noise). It’s just like when you’re picking them. The ladies used to pick that fruit and the fruit [with] —tongs made out of sticks. Well, they brush ’em off first. : How do they do that? : Oh, they got— they make their own brushes[.] like . . . anything. Brush ’em off, all of ’em, you know—the ones that there’s fruit—for fruit, they just brush ’em off and then start plucking ’em (truck noise). Then they get ’em home, whatever they pick ’em (inaudible) then you peel ’em, [they] peel ’em just like that. : With a knife? : No, your hands. It’s easy to peel ’em. Why, they just—just like anything else—fruit. Get [the skins] ’em off, and get the—meat to come[s] off[.] you know, (inaudible), just like any other thing. Same thing. Then they cook it, just like—make syrup out of it. But that syrup’s too sweet. I can’t—I couldn’t eat it. It’s got to much sugar in it.  Appendix / Editing Interview Transcripts into Narrative : Just natural sugar? : Natural sugar. And then—‘course, I hate ’em, too, but it’s got a lot of seeds inside, all stuck in that—it’s just covered. You’ve got to eat only the—what’s good, leave the seeds alone. They’re sweet, too, but yellow[.] (inaudible)— [They] get on your hands or your shirt or—if you’re not careful. : The juice, or the . . . : The juice. And you watch out for your clothes. : Did your mother get these when you were young, or . . . : Yeah, the— the old old old people, you know, they get ’em...


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