What does tradition look like from the perspective of those who drop out? Within the researcher’s own family, her sister does not reconstruct many of the traditions she and the researcher grew up with as children. Isolated by her deafness, she grew up excluded from important aspects of family culture. But wait. Is that a hearing explanation? What does she say about the value of those traditions? How do they look from her perspective? In exploring these questions, the researcher considers meanings her sister and she read in a collection of childhood recipes that the researcher now replicates faithfully and her sister can scarcely remember.
Paper presented at the American Folklore Society conference, 2005.