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Northeastern University Curates Project to Share Digital Storytelling 0 J. Fivecoate Digital storytelling in its many forms - including podcasts, online magazines, and interactive websites - provides Americans with increasingly popular ways to seek out news, commentary, and insights. Storybench, a project from the Media Innovation Program at Northeastern University, is dedicated to sharing and developing "the art and science of digital storytelling." Designed for journalism professionals and students, web designers, and novice coders, Storybench explores the technological, journalistic, and aesthetic techniques of digital journalism through articles, interviews, and online tutorials. Recent Storybench features include a guide to using the data analysis and visualization tool RStudio; an interview with Matthew Jockers, who used RStudio in order to create the Syuzhet package, a unique  program that produces "story shapes" to outline the plot of a novel; and an analysis of how to create longform writing that can be easily read on mobile devices. Tutorials available on this site include a variety of map-making techniques. Educators, meanwhile, will want to check out the For Educators tab, which features a variety of workshops and activities designed for the classroom. Interested readers can subscribe to receive  email updates. To view Storybench, visit http://www.storybench.org. 
by J. Fivecoate
13 hours ago
Cultural Preservationist Daryl Baldwin Wins MacArthur Fellowship 0 J. Fivecoate "Baldwin is a mentor and inspiration for other indigenous groups undertaking language revitalization efforts through the National Breath of Life workshops, which provide guidance for accessing and using archival materials held in D.C.-based archives and libraries. Through his long-term, whole systems approach to restoring the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Myaamia people, Baldwin is working with his community and center staff to make available important knowledge and create a hopeful vision for future generations." To read the full description of Daryl Baldwin and his work, visit https://www.macfound.org/fellows/955/. 
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Folklorist Patricia A. Turner Contributes Piece to the Huffington Post 0 J. Fivecoate "Those of us who document and analyze contemporary legends have learned that products, situations, and personalities can contain core characteristics that lead to extensive folk speculation. In the early 1990s the makers of Snapple Iced Tea had to grapple with two sets of rumors that beset its product. One cycle alleged that the owners were pro-lifers who used the company’s profits to support Operation Rescue, the extremist anti-abortion group. The other cycle claimed that the owners were in the Ku Klux Klan and used their profits to support white supremacist activities. Of course none of these allegations had any merit. But by scrutinizing the characteristics of Snapple, we can identify traits that also apply to Barack Obama." To read the full piece, visit the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-do-barack-obama-and-snapple-iced-tea-have-in-common_us_57e2ce00e4b05d3737be5326.  
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Folklorist Big Jim Griffith on Youtube 0 J. Fivecoate   Check out the story of Big Jim Griffith at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-ef3IsRv-w&app=desktop. 
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
"A Bag of Old Songs from Elsewhere: Sidney Robertson Cowell" 0 J. Fivecoate   "Murder, infidelity, drunkenness, deceit, surreal zoological visions, warfare, sea journeys, and divine retribution are pretty common themes in American folk music. Sidney Robertson Cowell knew all that. Still, it’s hard to imagine a musicologist as professionally qualified as Cowell to comment on what she called the “wildly Freudian” nature of a folk song like “Bologny Sausage.” “Bologny Sausage” is a darkly comical ditty about a young woman who dies from choking on a big sausage, sung by John McCready, whom Cowell took notes on and recorded in 1939 in Groveland, California. She was unperturbed." To read the full article, visit http://daily.jstor.org/the-intrepid-field-recordings-of-sidney-robertson-cowell/?utm_source=internalhouse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jstordaily_09082016&cid=eml_j_jstordaily_dailylist_09082016.       
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
New Archive for Architecture of Transylvania County, North Carolina 0 J. Fivecoate DigitalNC has created a new archive for architecture in Transylvania County, a county in the North Carolina mountains. "The exhibit, Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County, features nearly 1,500 images taken during an architectural survey done of the county in the early 1990s. Architectural surveys are inventories of built, intact structures in a given area. These images document structures and communities in Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Cedar Mountain, Pisgah Forest, and other areas. The county was founded in 1861 as an agricultural community, which is evident through the survey. Hundreds of images depict homes, barns, spring houses, smokehouses, chicken houses, silos, and many other structures that reflect the activities and roots of the rural community." For more information, visit http://www.digitalnc.org/blog/new-exhibit-on-the-architectural-history-of-transylvania-county/.  
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Syrian Identity, Community, and Food 0 J. Fivecoate Food is what defines the people of Syria, even after years of war and displacement. "For Syrians, to cook is to be at home, to commune over a meal and seal a bond of friendship. While most people will associate Syria with the death and destruction that is in the news — neighborhoods reduced to rubble by government airstrikes; diabolical Islamic State fighters in black balaclavas; babies bobbing lifeless in the sea — Syrians are so much more than this war."  To read the full article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/opinion/sunday/the-flavors-that-unite-syrians.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0. 
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
American Square Dance History Now Available Online 0 J. Fivecoate Square dancing has been an integral part of American social life for centuries. Traditional square dance was vital for generations of Americans, especially in rural communities; in the post-World War II era, modern square dance similarly enjoyed participants numbering in the millions. For more information, visit http://squaredancehistory.org/.    
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Jacalyn Duffin's Op-ed in the NYT Ponders Miracles, Medical and Religious 0 J. Fivecoate "I also learned more about medicine and its parallels with religion. Both are elaborate, evolving systems of belief. [...] Respect for our religious patients demands understanding and tolerance; their beliefs are as true for them as the "facts" may be for physicians. [...] However they are interpreted, miracles exist, because that is how they are lived in our world." To read the full op-ed, visit the New York Times' website at http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/opinion/pondering-miracles-medical-and-religious.html?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F. 
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, September 09, 2016
Bill Ferris, "My beginning as a folklorist" 0 J. Fivecoate In this video, Bill Ferris discusses his journey to becoming a folklorist. Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/179985646?ref=fb-share&1.
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, September 02, 2016
Sign-up for the Journal of Folklore and Education 0 J. Fivecoate   By: Paddy Bowman and Lisa Rathje (JFE editors) As we prepare for the launch of Vol. 3 of the Journal of Folklore and Education in mid-September, we're cleaning up our email database. Many of you already belong to the Local Learning listserve. If you'd like to join, or if you have a new email address, go to http://locallearningnetwork.org/index.php/subscribe and fill out the form. All we really need is your email address, but it would be good to have your first and last names as well. You'll receive four quarterly e-bulletins each year and notification of JFE publication. The JFE theme this year is “Intersections: Folklore and Museum Education.”  
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Student Digital Preservation Consultants Looking for Cultural Heritage Orgs 0 J. Fivecoate   By Trevor Owens (University of Maryland) If you (and your organization) would be interested in having a University of Maryland graduate student in my digital preservation seminar focus their digital preservation consultant project on your organization please take a two minutes to fill in this 5 question form. I think this is a great opportunity for organizations for a few different reasons. Here are some reasons to consider filling in the form for your organization. This project is a chance to: Solicit assistance thinking through digital preservation issues and planning for your organization. Provide a meaningful learning experience to someone just getting started in the field Learn t more about digital preservation as the student shares what they are learning through the class ​For more information about this project, visit Trevor Owens' original posting at: http://www.trevorowens.org/2016/07/student-digital-preservation-consultants-looking-for-small-cultural-heritage-organizations/.
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, August 19, 2016
Virginia Folklife Program Presents The Joe Wilson Memorial Festival 0 J. Fivecoate  By Jon Lohman (Virginia Folklife Program)--I'm writing to let everyone know about a special event that the Virginia Folklife Program and the Blue Ridge Music Center is putting together in the loving memory of Joe Wilson, a dear friend of so many of us, and one of the greatest advocates for folk and traditional culture that we have known: "A Show For Joe:"  The Joe Wilson Memorial Festival: September 2nd, Noon-10PM Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Galax, VA. The festival will feature many artists who were near and dear to Joe, all of whom were greatly impacted by his work.  The festival will include some pretty heavy hitters who Joe really helped to get started in their early careers, including the National Heritage Fellow dobro master Jerry Douglas, the Whites, and a very special appearance by Alison Krauss, who Joe took on the NCTA's "Masters of the Folk Violin" tour when she was still a teenager. The day-long festival will also feature many of the artists that Joe adored and showcased for many years both at the many NCTA festivals and at the Blue Ridge Music Center, including National Heritage Recipients Wayne Henderson, Reverend Frank Newsome, and Reverend Tarrence Paschall of the Paschall Brothers, as well many other of Joe's favorites including Linda and David Lay, Phil Wiggins, Tony Ellis and the Barr Family, Jeff Little, Elizabeth Laprelle, and Eddie and Bonnie Bond.  Word has it there will be some other very special surprise guests as well. Performances and an "I Remember Joe" conversation will begin in the Music Center's intimate small theater at noon and the outdoor amphitheater will open at 4PM for the evening performances (general admission.)  We will also be having a "Jam for Joe" all day in the Center's breezeway, so don't be afraid to bring an instrument and join in. We know it's a long haul for many of you, so we suggest that those of you can make it plan to stay in the area and take in the sites of the "Crooked Road," a name coined by Joe who was the primary inspiration and architect of the Music Heritage Trail in Southwest Virginia.  Most notably, folks should stay on Saturday to catch the Albert Hash Festival at Grayson Highlands Park near Whitetop, a sweetheart of a local festival featuring incredible old time and bluegrass music, or head to the Floyd Country Store to hear a live taping of the Floyd Radio Show, which I'll be hosting with guests New Ballards Bogtrotters and the Dry HIll Draggers. We are also planning a post-show meetup at a local watering hole in Galax, location TBA. For tickets and more information, please visit: http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org/Joe-Wilson.htm. For a lovely remembrance of Joe, please visit NCTA's website: http://ncta-usa.org/remembrances-of-joe-wilson/.
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Two New Publications Available on Public Folklore 0 J. Fivecoate 1) Special issue: Critical Heritage Work: Public Folklore in the U.S. of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (vol. 22, no. 8), with articles by Robert Baron, Gregory Hansen, Mary Hufford, Cliff Murphy, and Michelle Stefano. 2) Forthcoming volume (December 2016): The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage, which brings together 38 chapters from scholars, professionals, and ICH practitioners representing international perspectives on UNESCO and national policy, as well as wide-ranging issues with respect to ICH safeguarding and promotion at international to local levels. This volume includes contributions on public folklore and ICH from Maribel Alvarez, Richard Kurin, Bradley Hanson, Langston Wilkins, Cliff Murphy, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ashley Minner, Doug Herman, Natalie Underberg-Goode, and a chapter on the importance of place in safeguarding Baltimore Club music, written by Christopher Clayton, Baronhawk Williams, and Michelle Stefano. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Stefano at michelle.stefano@maryland.gov.
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“Folklorist Connects People to Fishtown through Oral History” 0 J. Fivecoate “When most people walk through Fishtown in Leland, Michigan, they see bustling shops selling fish, sandwiches, jewelry and tee shirts within the cluster of fish shanties along the Leland River. But Amanda Holmes sees the history behind the place that isn’t visible to the average tourist.” To read more, follow the link below: Emily Barton Altman, “Folklorist connects people to Fishtown through oral history,” IPR.org (June 23, 2016), http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/folklorist-connects-people-fishtown-through-oral-history
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Murkurtu, Zuni Pueblo's Public Library Resource 0 J. Fivecoate By Guha Shankar (American Folklife Center)--AFC's colleagues at the Zuni Pueblo's Public Library, New Mexico, have deployed Mukurtu (http://mukurtu.org) - a CMS for indigenous communities developed by Kim Christen Withey and her colleagues at Washington State University - in order to manage and provide access to items of Zuni cultural heritage. The Library is both acquiring materials from external repositories and creating new materials with community members. The initiative is important for the community in arenas such as cultural maintenance, language survival, the preservation of historical memory, identity, etc.  Several AFC collections are in the process of being digitally repatriated to the community. And here's a blast from folklore's past: For those of you who remember Andy Wiget, former NM folklorist, his digitized AFC collection of Zuni folk tales, oral histories and radio programs (undertaken with project funding from NEA Folk Arts program in the 1980's) is one of those collections. The initiative is an ongoing one and you can read about the results of the last visit by by AFC and Mukurtu staff to Zuni Pueblo at this blog: http://mukurtu.org/community-workshop-zuni-public-library-june-2016/.
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hosts Wanted for the New Books in Anthropology Podcast 0 S. Larson New Books in Anthropology (http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/anthropology/) is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on anthropology. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at marshallpoe@gmail.com. New Books in Anthropology is part of the New Books Network (http://newbooksnetwork.com), a non-profit consortium of 70 author-interview podcasts focused on academic books. The NBN serves 20,000 episodes a day to a worldwide audience. Its mission is outreach and public education.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“Neuroscientists Still Don’t Know Why Music Sounds Good” 0 S. Larson “[N]euroscientists have noticed there’s something pretty much everyone agrees on, musically: Some chords sound good—they’re consonant—and other notes grate when they’re played at the same time. Unraveling why that is could explain something basic about how humans perceive the world. Maybe people are just wired that way. Or maybe, as a paper argues today in Nature, it’s a product of human culture.”  Read more by following the link below: Chelsea Leu, “Neuroscientists Still Don’t Know Why Music Sounds Good,” Wired.com (July 13, 2016), http://www.wired.com/2016/07/neuroscientists-still-dont-know-music-sounds-good/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“The Surprising Musical Preferences of an Amazon Tribe” 0 S. Larson "Scientists have claimed that humans have an innate, universal preference for some chords over others—but a study of remote villagers suggests otherwise.” Read more by following the link below: Ed Yong, “The Surprising Musical Preferences of an Amazon Tribe,” The Atlantic (July 13, 2016), http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/music-to-our-western-ears/491081/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
"Why Hummus Unites, and Divides, the Mideast" 0 S. Larson “They call it ‘The Hummus Wars.’ Lebanon accused the Israeli people of trying to steal hummus and make it their national dish, explains Ronit Vered, a food journalist with the newspaper Haaretz in Tel Aviv. And so hummus became a symbol, she tells us, ‘a symbol of all the tension in the Middle East.’" Read more by following the link below: The Kitchen Sisters, “Give Chickpeas a Chance: Why Hummus Unites, and Divides, the Mideast,” NPR.org (July 18, 2016), http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/18/483715410/give-chickpeas-a-chance-why-hummus-unites-and-divides-the-mideast
by S. Larson
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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