Ethnographic Story Maps

The Social & Environmental Histories of Oklahoma Watersheds

The Research Product Clearinghouse portion of the EPSCoR website provides access to a diverse body of resources from the OK NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Award No. OIA-1301789 (2013-2018), “Adapting Socio-Ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability.” Resources derived from this project include decision-support tools and systems that will prove beneficial for researchers, decision-makers, and individuals. 

The Ethnographic Story Map page provides access to a unique set of informative digital ArcGIS Story Maps, which highlight the multi-faceted ethnographic research conducted by members of the EPSCoR project, including Dr. Jack R. Friedman, Team Leader and Co-PI, Center for Applied Social Research, University of Oklahoma (OU); Dr. Michael Stanton, OU; and Dr. Tony VanWinkle, OU. The material includes narrative text, images, and multimedia content that bring the team's research into focus via a user-friendly format. The material described below is an important part of the OK NSF EPSCoR RII award and was produced in collaboration with contributing programs and agencies. [Click titles to access material.]

An Ethnographic Study of the Kiamichi Watershed of Southeastern Oklahoma
The Kiamichi Watershed, located in southeastern Oklahoma, is a unique geographical and cultural landscape. This story map brings together many different aspects of the region including its local culture, history, economics, politics, hydrology, and ecology within the broader climate conditions that affect these individual features. The Kiamichi Watershed lies within the Choctaw Nation of southeastern Oklahoma, with a rich and often controversial history of land and resource use. Economic diversification through multiple income sources is and has been the key to long-term economic survival in a region where timber and agriculture are the primary means of subsistence. The southeast region of Oklahoma is mountainous, with a higher average rainfall than western areas of the state. But, as is the case statewide, water is an important and controversial topic. A key issue in the Kiamichi region is water use and allocation. Specifically, controversy exists over Lake Sardis and concerns regarding having enough water in the lakes and streams to support flora, fauna, and humans' continued personal and business pursuits in the region. Learn how these factors come together to shape some of the current conflicts in and around the watershed, how they will shape future challenges in the area, and how people are working together to find solutions to some of the region’s dominant issues. 

Ethnography in the Upper Washita Watershed & Caddo County, Oklahoma
The Upper Washita Watershed embodies a distinct sub-region in the state of Oklahoma. Occupying the northeastern edge of southwestern Oklahoma, Caddo County is not only one of the most agriculturally productive regions of the state, it also displays a remarkable array of natural resources and boasts a colorful and complicated cultural history as home to substantial living populations of seven of the state’s thirty-eight federally recognized tribes. This story map brings these unique threads together, along with local economics, politics, hydrology, and ecology, in order to understand the area's significance in relation to broader climatic conditions. Learn how these elements shed light on major resource concerns in and around the watershed, and how they will shape future challenges.

More Story Maps coming soon!

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Questions regarding the content of the Story Maps and/or the related ethnographic research should be directed to Dr. Jack Friedman at jack.r.friedman@ou.edu.

Photo credit: NRCS USDA