Oral Histories

Interview of Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm

Interviewed for the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness series. Experiences Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Musician and environmental illness activist. Bandmember: KPH; Canary Collective. Organizer: BedFest, a virtual music showcase for bedridden artists.
Series:
Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness
Topic:
Social Movements
Environmental Illness
Biographical Note:
Interviewed for the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness series. Experiences Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Musician and environmental illness activist. Bandmember: KPH; Canary Collective. Organizer: BedFest, a virtual music showcase for bedridden artists.
Interviewer:
Kim, Kelsey
Interviewee:
Pruitt-Hamm, Kaeley
Persons Present:
Pruitt-Hamm and Kim
Place Conducted:
The interview was conducted using the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
This interview was conducted by Kelsey Kim, graduate student interviewer, for the Center for the Study of Women; PhD student in Anthropology, UCLA. Kim’s dissertation focuses on gender and racial inequalities in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry.
Processing of Interview:
The interviewer prepared for the interview by reading a pre-interview questionnaire completed by the narrator.
Length:
1.75 hrs
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Audio:
Series Statement:
Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness is a collection of interviews with over seventy individuals living in the U.S. and Canada whose family history, occupation, art practice, or activism have brought them into direct contact with illness experience and disability related to chronic, low-dose exposure to toxicant chemicals. The procurement of this collection (from March 2019 through September 2020) was sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women under the directorship of Rachel C. Lee, with interviews conducted by six undergraduates, five graduate students, two career staff, and two faculty members at CSW.
Personal Background--Family health problems--Activism since youth--Childhood community--Smells associated with childhood--Health during primary and secondary school--Childhood traumas--Health during college years—Jobs--MCS and other chronic illnesses--Dealing with medical professionals--How her healthcare journey has impacted her financially--Getting better--Moving to Joshua Tree and LA and dealing with more health problems--How COVID has been affecting her life--Music activism--Race and gender identity and experience with environmental illness