Stories--and the ways both scholars and our interlocutors tell them--are essential to anthropologists and historians. They are among the data we work with, seemingly raw products of field and archival work. Even so, telling them involves not only filters, manipulations, and fragmentations but also virtuosic formal skills and collective efforts. How, why, to whom we tell stories, our own and others', before, during, and after time in the field/archive, can even affect the "raw" data that we collect there. This is because telling or re-presenting stories affect audiences--and their further retellings--in varied, unpredictable ways.