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Professor's Scholarship Sparks Intellectual Property Rights Debate 0 S. Larson Many members of the Acoma Pueblo tribe are dismayed by the recent scholarship of Dr. Peter Nabokov, a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. In How the World Moves and The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo, Nabokov discloses the details of sacred Acoma traditions without having received permission from the tribe. To learn more, follow the link below: Lucas Iberico Lozada, "The Professor and the Pueblo: Was the disclosure of Acoma traditions exploitation or scholarship?" Santa Fe Reporter, January 27, 2016, http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-11510-the-professor-and-the-pueblo.html
by S. Larson
Monday, February 01, 2016
"UMaine Offers Folklore Minor to Students" 0 S. Larson Two years ago, the University of Maine began offering a folklore minor to its students thanks to Professors Pauleena MacDougall - also director of the Maine Folklife Center - and Sarah Harlan-Haughey. The following article, published in the Bangor Daily News, discusses what the minor has to offer for both the university and the state: Shelby Hartin, "UMaine offers folklore minor for students,” Bangor Daily News, January 27, 2016, http://bangordailynews.com/2016/01/27/homestead/umaine-offers-folklore-minor-for-students/ 
by S. Larson
Monday, February 01, 2016
“Shared Knowledge of Songs Bonds Children” 0 S. Larson According to a recent study, children are more likely to bond with other children who know the same songs that they do. Likewise, children will avoid others who do not share the same musical repertoire. Read about the findings here: Tom Jacobs, "Shared Knowledge of Songs Bonds Children,” Pacific Standard, January 20, 2016, http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/if-you-dont-know-the-farmer-in-the-dell-youre-no-friend-of-mine 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Recent Study Makes Claims About the Age of Indo-European Folktales 0 S. Larson A recent study published in Royal Society Open Science claims to have "uncovered the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales,” tracing one tale – "The Smith and the Devil” – to the Bronze Age. Since its release last week, the study has been publicized in a variety of news sources and has provoked a lively discussion among folklorists. The original article is available here: Sara Graça da Silva and Jamshid J. Tehrani, "Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales,” Royal Society Open Science, January 20, 2016, http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/3/1/150645#abstract-1 See also the following coverage of the article: Ed Yong, "The Fairy Tales That Predate Christianity, The Atlantic, January 20, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/on-the-origin-of-stories/424629/ Alison Flood, "Fairytales Much Older Than Previously Thought, Say Researchers," The Guardian, January 20, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/20/fairytales-much-older-than-previously-thought-say-researchers If you are curious about what some of your colleagues have had to say, see the Publore Archives (January 2016, Week 3 and January 2016, Week 4: "The Fairy Tales That Predate Christianity - The Atlantic").  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Asociación para la Difusión de los Estilos Releases Inaugural Newsletter 0 S. Larson The Asociación para la Difusión de los Estilos (Association for the Diffusion of the Styles) is pleased to announce the release of their inaugural newsletter about traditional music and related events, mainly on the Iberian Peninsula. The bilingual (Spanish-English) newsletter will be released monthly. Check it out and subscribe at http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=30788352c7c10a953732454ca&id=74499d387b.  Find out more about the association at www.asociaciondifusionestilos.com.
by S. Larson
Monday, January 25, 2016
“How Outsider Art Entered the Inner Sanctum of World-Class Museums" 0 S. Larson In this interview for Artspace Phillip March Jones - the director of Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City - discusses his "life and career in outsider art, as a gallerist, foundation director, and an artist with an eye for the Southern vernacular.” The interview is available here: Karen Rosenberg, "How Outsider Art Entered the Inner Sanctum of World-Class Museums: A Q&A With Phillip March Jones,” Artspace, January 13, 2016, http://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/expert_eye/andrew-edlin-gallery-director-phillip-march-jones-on-outsider-art-53410 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
“Smithsonian Folkways' Intimate Look at a Legendary Civil Rights Activist” 0 S. Larson Hearth Music interviews Folklorist Mark Puryear about Songs My Mother Taught Me – an album of recordings by Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer that was recently released by Smithsonian Folkways. The interview is available here:Hearth Music, "Smithsonian Folkways' Intimate Look at a Legendary Civil Rights Activist,” No Depression: The Roots Music Authority, January 18, 2016, http://nodepression.com/interview/smithsonian-folkways-intimate-look-legendary-civil-rights-activist 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
"How to Cowboy Poetry, From Some Veteran Gathering-Goers" 0 S. Larson The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, presented by the Western Folklife Center, will take place next week (January 25th-30th) in Elko, Nevada.  "The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty” ("National Cowboy Poetry Gathering”).  But what exactly goes on at the gathering? If you plan to attend, or if you’re just curious, take a look at the following article: *David Low & Devon Blunden, "How to Cowboy Poetry, From Some Veteran Gathering-Goers,” Travel Nevada, January 2016, http://travelnevada.com/adventures/32865/expert-s-guide-to-cowboy-poetry
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The New Special Issue of Ethnologia Europaea Just Released 0 S. Larson The new special issue of Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology volume 45:2 is now available. The special issue is Rage, Anger and other Don’ts. Ethnologia Europaea is edited by Marie Sandberg and Regina F. Bendix. The special issue editor is Regina F. Bendix. The journal is available for purchase, both in print and as an e-journal, on Museum Tusculanum Press’s website: E‐journal: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=300369 Printed journal: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=300368 In everyday life, emotions like rage, anger or frustration are not, generally, condoned. Indeed, a good part of the work of enculturation is devoted to managing social conduct so as to avoid or suppress emotions considered negative or unproductive. In the ethnographic literature, scrutiny of these kinds of emotional states and their expression is rare, not least because they reside somewhere between the individual and his or her cultural surrounds and are hard to pinpoint.  The authors of the present issue - Rage, Anger and other Don'ts: Cultural Expression and Suppression of the Undesirable and Unbearable in Everyday Life - invite readers to explore practices and discourses within which these kinds of emotions or, more prominently, their disciplining can be grasped ethnologically. Alongside four scholarly articles, four essays encircle the theme in a more literary vein, albeit grounded in careful observation and recollection. The introduction and two final comments seek to frame topics ranging from road rage and the controlling of prisoners' anger to a menopausal kitchen outburst, and to point the way toward further possible research in this largely unexplored realm of culturally shaped practice. About the journal: Ethnologia Europaea is a lively and interdisciplinary, peer‐reviewed journal with a focus on European cultures and societies. It carries material of great interest not only for European ethnologists and anthropologists but also for sociologists, social historians and scholars involved in cultural studies. An impression of the areas covered by the journal is reflected in some of the thematic topics of the issues recently published: European Ethnology Revisited (2014), Foodways Redux (2013), Imagined Families in Mobile Worlds (2012), Irregular Ethnographies (2011), Performing Nordic Spaces (2010), Sense of Community (2009), Europe (2008). The journal was founded in 1967 (first published in 1967) and is published annually (two issues). Since its beginning it has acquired a central position in the international and interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars inside and outside Europe. Ethnologia Europaea is an A ranked journal according to the European Science Foundation journal evaluation (European Reference Index for the Humanities initial list) and a level 2 (top level) journal according to the Norwegian model (in Norway and Denmark). Ethnologia Europaea is edited by associate professor Marie Sandberg (University of Copenhagen, Ethnology Section) and from 2016, professor Monqiue Scheer (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) has taken over the co-editorship from Regina F. Bendix. Editorial Board: Pertti Anttonen (Finland), Brita Brenna (Norway), Tine Damsholt (Denmark), Anne Eriksen (Norway), Valdimar Tryggvi Hafstein (Iceland), Renata Jambrešić Kirin (Croatia), Ewa Klekot (Poland), Peter Jan Margry (The Netherlands), Máiréad Nic Craith (United Kingdom), Lotten Gustafsson Reinius (Sweden), Per‐Markku Ristilammi (Sweden), Johanna Rolshoven (Austria), Klaus Schriewer (Spain), Laura Stark (Finland), Birgitta Svensson (Sweden), Jean‐Louis Tornatore (France), Bernhard Tschofen (Switzerland) and Gisela Welz (Germany). Contact: Ethnologia Europaea is published and distributed by: Museum Tusculanum Press Birketinget 6 DK‐2300 Copenhagen Mail: info@mtp.dkTel: +45 3234 1414 For more information visit our website at http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/default_e.asp. To see the backlist of Ethnologia Europaea please follow this link: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/searchresult.asp?series=j900008&elected   Selected back issues are available open access at http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/default_e.asp.  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
"60 Years Later, a Wild, Baffling Recording Finds a Modern Spark" 0 S. Larson The Brothers Nazaroff, a klezmer band with musicians from three different continents, is remaking the 1954 Folkways Record  Jewish Freilach Songs. The tribute is called The Happy Prince in honor of the mysterious "Prince" Nazaroff who put the original album together. Learn more on NPR: Jon Kalish, "60 Years Later, a Wild, Baffling Recording Finds a Modern Spark," NPR  (January 9, 2016), http://www.npr.org/2016/01/09/462434745/60-years-later-a-wild-baffling-recording-finds-a-modern-spark 
by S. Larson
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Lynne McNeill Gives TED Talk 0 S. Larson Folklorist Lynne McNeill (Utah State University) gives a talk entitled "Folklore doesn't meme what you think it memes" for TEDxUSU. Most people think of folklore as the old, the rural and the rustic. They typically don’t think of the Internet, a technology that, if anything, is commonly judged to be dismantling our culture: destroying our interpersonal skills, squashing our cultural vitality, killing our individual creativity. Surprisingly, however, communications technologies like mobile phones, tablets and computers have become the locus of an expanse of contemporary folk culture. Understanding the nature of folklore helps us identify the positive elements of digital culture (TedxUSU). Watch the talk here: http://tedx.usu.edu/portfolio-items/lynne-mcneill/For more information about TEDxUSU: http://tedx.usu.edu 
by S. Larson
Monday, January 04, 2016
Grammy Award Nominee Jim Leary Featured in Inside UW 0 S. Larson Jim Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin, recently received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Album Notes” for his work on “Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946.” The UW Press and Dust-to-Digital Records co-produced the project. Leary reflects on the project and other aspects of his work in the following article: Brooks, Susannah. “Folklorist (and Grammy nominee) Jim Leary Reflects on Studying, Sharing Midwest Culture.” Inside UW. December 16, 2015: http://news.wisc.edu/folklorist-and-grammy-nominee-jim-leary-reflects-on-years-studying-and-sharing-midwest-culture/  
by S. Larson
Monday, January 04, 2016
Small Scottish Knitwear Studio Draws Attention from Major Fashion Designer 0 S. Larson This recent article, published in Bloomberg, covers the story of Mati Ventrillon, whose traditional Scottish knitwear recently inspired Chanel:   Tufnell, Nicholas. "Inside the Tiny Scottish Knitwear Studio that Chanel Couldn’t Resist.” Bloomberg. December 15, 2015: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-12-15/the-fair-isle-knitwear-made-by-mati-ventrillon-that-seduced-chanel
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Sagnagrunnur Map Database of Icelandic Folk Legends Is Now Available 0 S. Larson Sagnagrunnur is a geographically mapped database of the main published collections of Icelandic folk legends. The work on the database was started in 1999 by Professor Terry Gunnell, then lecturer in folkloristics at the University of Iceland. Inspired by the work of the late Swedish folklorist, Professor Bo Almqvist of University College Dublin, the form of the eventual database was decided in close cooperation with Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir at the Arnamagnean Institute in Iceland. This new version of the database (from 2014) is the end result of an intensive re-structuring of the database which now includes geographical mapping of a large number of the place names in the database. The re-design and the mapping work was carried out by Trausti Dagsson as a MA-project in public folklore at the University of Iceland. The database now involves a distribution map of published Icelandic legends, and is connected to both the homes of the original storytellers and collectors and those places mentioned in the legends (which can still be found). Most of these legends come from collections that were made between the middle of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. This project has been funded by RANNÍS (the Science Council of Iceland), the University of Iceland and Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur. Check it out here: http://sagnagrunnur.com/en/.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Handcrafted Art Traditions 1 L. Cashman Handcrafted Art Traditions has welcomed several new artists in 2014 and 2015. Most recently, we've added pillows with their covers woven in the Zapotec rug tradition by Francisco and Laura Bautista of Oregon and dolls made by Native Alaskan artists Ursula Paniyak-Irwin, Susie Nayamin, Sophie Charlie, and Annie Hurlbut. It's very rewarding to promote the work of our diverse and accomplished group of folk and traditional artists from Western states.Recently I switched our website from one platform to another. Besides listing our items under the artists' names, I got to divide our catalog into categories like "Your Home" and "Rainbow Collection." I hope it proves more user-friendly than the previous set-up. The address: www.handcraftedarttraditions.com.Please contact me with any questions or ideas: georgiawier@gmail.com. Best wishes, Georgia (independent folklorist and owner of Handcrafted Art Traditions)
by G. Wier
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Learn About CERF+: An Organization Dedicated to Aiding Artists in Need 0 S. Larson CERF+ was founded in 1985 as a mutual aid organization to assist professional craft artists who were in dire need due to emergency circumstances beyond their control. It has since evolved to provide information about, and training in, emergency preparedness, coordination with national responders during national or regional emergencies, and research. A core function of the organization is still providing grants, loans, brokered assistance for tools, equipment, service and technical assistance to individual artists who have experienced distress as a result of such challenges as fires, floods, hurricanes, accidents, and/or health issues. Keep this organization in mind if you become aware of craft artists who are experiencing difficulties of this sort. Here are links to CERF+’s websites: http://craftemergency.org/ http://studioprotector.org For more information, contact: Barry Bergey9818 Parkwood Drive Bethesda, MD 20814 301/493-9404 (h) 301/655-9738 (c) bergeys@comcast.net
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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by L. Cashman
Friday, December 11, 2015
Bill Ferris Interviewed for North Carolina Public Radio 0 S. Larson Bill Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was recently interviewed for a North Carolina Public Radio program. In the interview, Ferris talks about growing up in rural Mississippi and his work as a folklorist. The interview is available here: http://wunc.org/post/meet-bill-ferris-preserving-voices-south#stream/0.  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Daniel Patterson on "What Is Folklore?" 0 S. Larson Daniel Patterson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses what folklore is and why it is significant in this brief video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e91mXzsvXlc
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Folklorist Cited in 9/11 Rumor Story 0 S. Larson A recent article published in The Week cites Janet Langlois’s "’Celebrating Arabs’: Tracing Legend and Rumor Labyrinths in Post-9/11 Detroit” (Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 118, No. 468, Spring 2005). Follow the link below to check it out: Jacobs, Tom. "How the Lie that American Muslims Cheered on 9/11 Began.” The Week, December 2, 2015: http://theweek.com/articles/591651/how-lie-that-american-muslims-cheered-911-began.
by S. Larson
Monday, December 07, 2015

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