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Sissy Onet

June 16, 2015


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Hicran Karatas

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This interview took place with Sissy Onet at her home on Union St.

She was born in New York and grew up on Long Island, moved several times including to San Francisco, Connecticut, France, Maine, Martha's Vineyard and finally Hudson. She discusses her desire to do something different and move to France with her friend and both of their children, eventually moving back and opening a fish market in Maine. She discusses her eventual decision to move to Hudson, having purchased her house 8 years ago. She talks about her two adopted children. Her daughter, Alida, is studying at Anthropology in Albany. Her son, Niko, is a chief. She discussed how she started baking, helping in various kitchens in Hudson, and briefly speaks about her experience of the job market. She currently supplies a coffee shop with baked goods. She describes economic changes in Hudson, challenges to younger people and the history of her home in Hudson. Sissy discusses viewing, purchasing, and renovating this home.

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Hicran Karatas

Hicran Karataş was born in Turkey and lived in Ankara where is the capital of Turkey. Briefly, She is a folklorist. She is PhD student at Turkish Folklore Depatment  in Hacettepe University. She is getting involve women studies, tradition and modernite, religion, folk law and linally oral history. She is literally trained in oral history theories and methodologies. She came over to this workshop to improve herself and get more experience in field. She wants to conduct new Project focusing on oral history.  

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