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Photo of Max Hunter, sitting in a chair with a pipe
麦克斯杭特,约1950

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麦克斯杭特(Max Hunter)的收集品
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没有像麦克斯杭特这样的人,象征我们国家历史的重要物品将会消失不见
。他独自保存了超过20年澳沙克居民的音乐及民间故事。您知道他是怎么办到的吗?

杭特是春田市的旅行销售员,他的足迹深入奥沙克山脉的山丘及边远地区。他随身携带一台盘式录音机,将这个偏远地区居民的民俗歌谣及故事全部录制下来。由于他的努力,我们现在才可以在春田市的春田-格林县县立图书馆内,听到总数1,600首,介于1956年至1976年间,奥沙克山区的民俗歌谣。

当时,正在聆听这些民间传说及歌谣的杭特,选择将它们录制下来是一件正确的事,因为一旦收音机及电视普及后,奥沙克的居民就不再聚集在他们的前廊,以这些故事及音乐自娱了。这样一来,奥沙克生活中的许多原有模式随着时间,渐渐遗失。

您能想像的到,这些您所聆听的歌谣,能够传达出历史课本上找不到的奥沙克生活吗?


Without people like Max Hunter, important pieces of our nation's history would be lost. He alone preserved more than 20 years of music and folk stories from people in the Ozarks. Can you guess how he did it?

Hunter was a traveling salesman from Springfield, Missouri, who went into the hills and backwoods of the Ozark Mountains. He took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him to record folk songs and stories of the people in this remote area. Thanks to him, 1,600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976, are available for listening at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri.

It was a good thing that Hunter recorded these folk tales and songs when he did, because once radio and TV became popular, people in the Ozarks stopped sitting on their porches entertaining themselves with stories and music. Many patterns of Ozark life would have been lost.

Can you imagine what listening to these songs will tell you about life in the Ozarks that you won't find in a history book?

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