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Oxford American video: "Bill C. Malone: Scholarly Hero of Country Music" 0 L. Cashman Bill Malone is featured in this short article and video from the Oxford American.http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/sep/12/solost-bill-c-malone-scholarly-hero-country-music/
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
Arts Readiness Movement Gains Momentum 0 L. Cashman ATLANTA -- Sept. 12, 2012 – September is National Preparedness Month, and South Arts, developer of the ArtsReady online planning tool, has engaged hundreds of arts organizations toward the creation of customized readiness plans. Local arts councils, museums, media organizations, performing arts centers, dance companies, music ensembles and regional theatre companies have begun the process of creating or updating their business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability."Of course personal and family preparedness come first, but arts leaders also need to ensure that their organizations are protected through a readiness plan,” said Gerri Combs, executive director of South Arts. "Knowing what you will do to keep your operations running is critical if a crisis of any type or size occurs.”Arts organizations around the nation have suffered from an array of unexpected crises thus far in 2012, demonstrating the variety of disasters that can occur. The Mariposa, Calif., Arts Council offices were completely destroyed by fire; a car crashed into the street-front offices of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, N.Y.; and the Minnesota Ballet lost 90% of the company’s sets and backdrops to flood damage."Few of us in the arts profession have been trained in business continuity planning,” said Mollie Lakin-Hayes, South Arts deputy director and director of ArtsReady. "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their impact on the Gulf Coast’s arts communities opened our eyes and became the catalyst for developing ArtsReady. The online tool was designed by and for the arts community, and requires no prior readiness planning experience. Users are prompted to assess their organization’s vulnerabilities, create an action plan, and train staff,” added Lakin-Hayes.The ArtsReady tool, which launched in September 2011, also includes the ArtsReady Library, a collection of arts-specific examples, articles, templates and resources around readiness, response and recovery; the ArtsReady Battle Buddy Network, which connects arts organizations who can aid one another when crisis hits, and issues ArtsReady Alerts as reminders and warnings when weather or other crises may threaten a community. In its first year of operations, ArtsReady has served arts organizations in 36 states across the country and the District of Columbia, representing the performing, visual and multidisciplinary arts."Our cultural assets must be better protected from damage or loss,” said Executive Director, Combs. "Arts leaders, board members, funders and patrons should all be concerned about whether the arts organizations they care about are able to survive a crisis.”The combined creative industries revenue in South Arts’ nine-state region of $142.6 billion, through the activities of artists and organizations – both nonprofit and commercial – represents a significant part of the region’s economy. The 83,000 creative industry establishments located in the South employ 1.2 million workers.Several national arts service organizations and state arts agencies have partnered with South Arts to bring the ArtsReady tool to their constituents, including the Mississippi Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Theatre Communications Group, and Americans for the Arts, among others.###Creative Economy statistic from Creative Economies in the South, published by South Arts, 2011.About ArtsReadyArtsReady is a web based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts organizations ith customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability. A national initiative of South Arts, the ArtsReady readiness, response and recovery tool was developed in partnership with the University of California/Berkeley and Fractured Atlas. Major ArtsReady support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit www.artsready.org.About South ArtsSouth Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals.
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Opens; follow on Facebook 0 L. Cashman On October 4th, the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program will host a public open house to inaugurate the opening of its new center. Faculty and staff of this 15,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Lancaster invite the public to tour the new Native American Studies Center at 119 South Main Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the NAS Center’s gallery spaces, archives, classrooms, and archaeology, language, and folklife/oral history labs. Refreshments will be provided and performers and artists will be on hand to demonstrate Native American traditions. Through a partnership between USCL and the City of Lancaster, the Native American Studies Center was established to promote regional Native American art, culture, and history. Home to the world’s largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery, the state’s only university archive devoted to South Carolina’s Native cultures, a 200,000 piece collection of artifacts from the Ice Age to the present, the area’s only Catawba linguist, an on-going Native American folklife and oral history project, and the only Native American Studies academic program in the state, the NAS Center will offer exhibits of regional Native American Art, classes and workshops, a public archaeology lab, and other public programs. Following the Oct. 4th open house, the NAS Center will be open Tuesdays through Sundays and Mondays by appointment. Both the public open house and regular admission are free. For details, call 803-313-7172, email criswese@mailbox.sc.edu, or visit usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/95434605754/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/nativeamericanstudies . Stephen Criswell, Ph.D.Director of Native American StudiesAssociate Professor of English and FolkloreUSC LancasterLancaster, SC 29720(803) 313-7108
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
Art Works Blog Names NEA Heritage Fellows in Top 5 Musicians 0 L. Cashman In a recent Art Works Blog,podcast producer Jo Reed, picked her 5 favorite podcast interviews with musicians, out of over 100.  Of the five, three are National Heritage Fellows - Andy Statman, Liz Carroll, and Chuck Brown.http://artworks.arts.gov/?p=14612
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
NYTimes article on trends in ethnographic film making 0 L. Cashman Dennis Lim, "The Merger of Academia and Art House: Harvard Filmmakers’ Messy World" New York Times (8/31/2012) at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/movies/harvard-filmmakers-messy-world.html?_r=1
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
NPR audio report on Coon Dog Cemetary in Alabama 0 L. Cashman Audio: "A Resting Place For Hunting Hounds In Alabama," by Debbie Elliiott on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/03/160119854/a-resting-place-for-hunting-hounds-in-alabama
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
Digital Dharma: The Art of Preservation in a Copy-Paste World 0 L. Cashman Maggie Jackson blog: Digital Dharma: The Art of Preservation in a Copy-Paste World at http://maggie-jackson.com/2012/08/08/digital-dharma-the-art-of-preservation-in-a-copy-paste-world/: on documentary, directed by Dafna Yachin, about E. Gene Smith, a scholar of Tibetan literature who worked on the preservation and reproduction of tens of thousands of rare, seminal Tibetan texts from a canon integral to the history of Buddhism.
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
Effects on community of the filming of "Deliverance" 0 L. Cashman http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/40-years-later-deliverance-causes-mixed-feelings-georgia
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 17, 2012
New OSU Center for Folklore Studies Website and Facebook Page 0 C. Patterson The Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State is excited to announce that we have a new website! Take a moment to poke around and check it out! The URL is the same: simply visit http://cfs.osu.edu/. You will be able to find all of the same information from the old site on the new one, only some of it will be either updated or stored in a new location.  Friends of CFS will find the Events page very helpful for keeping informed about the year's lectures, workshops and lunches; instructors will benefit especially from our PDFs of course syllabi; and students can learn more about the field by visiting our Folklore Resources pages and links. The Center for Folklore Studies also has a new Facebook page, which I encourage all of you to "like," share with friends, and interact with. The page is designed to keep everyone abreast of our activities as well as to create a space where we can post folklore resources, news, and events, so share away!If you would like us to add your program to our website or mention your projects on our Facebook page, email me at patterson.493@osu.edu.
by C. Patterson
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Black Europe pre-publication announcement 0 r. lotz BLACK EUROPE: Forthcoming from Bear Family Records in February 2013 is a lavishly illustrated book in 2 volumes, documenting the sounds and images of musicians and entertainers of African descent who worked in Europe before 1927, from minstrel shows to ethnological documentation, from the earliest ragtime to the emerging syncopated popular music styles and jazz. The LP-sized books (12”x12”), written by researchers Horst Bergmeier, Jeffrey Green, Rainer Lotz, and Howard Rye, will be in a slip case accompanied by 40 CDs including every recoverable recording from the era, commercial or academic, restored by sound-engineer Christian Zwarg. The CDs will include the complete output of the African-American string bands which recorded in London in 1916 to 1922, a unique documentation, recordings of authentic minstrelsy and vaudevillian and pioneer blues harp player Pete Hampton, and the earliest recorded examples of stride piano and rhythm scat singing. From the 20s come important records of the earliest jazz including the complete works of Vorzanger’s Band in London and Mitchell’s Jazz Kings in Paris.   From Africans come recordings of African languages and folk and religious music including the recordings of Rev. J.J. Ransome Kuti, Fela Kuti’s grandfather. Some of the languages and ethnicities represented are among the earliest recorded and include Agni, Aka, Amharic, Anglo, Antankarana, Antanoussi, Anyin, Arabic, Baluba, Bambara, Banguana, Banoko, Bariba, Baule, Bavili, Bavumbu, Bayaka, Bekok, Berber, Betsileo, Bobo, Bornu, Creole from Guadeloupe and Guayane, Cuambi, Duala, Emyrne, Ewe, Ful, Geez, Haussa, Hlubi, Hova, Ibo, Jaounde, Kabinda, Kanuri, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kwa , Loango, Luganda, Luo, Mabea, Mahafali, Tuléar, Malagasy, Malimba, Malinka, Mandara, Mandingue, Mosi,  Mwali, Ndzwani, Ngazidja, Nourrima, Peul, Pulaar, Zarma, Sakalave, Samogo, Sara-Kaba, Sechuana,, Serère, Sianak, Si-Xosa, Soso, Suahili, Tchi, Toucouleur, Tshivenda, Vaknakaracha, Wolof, Yaounde, Yoruba, Zulu,   Interest can be registered now at no cost for news, updates and subscription details by e-mail to stating "I want to be kept informed of the BLACK EUROPE project”. Flyer and more details: www.black-europe.com
by r. lotz
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Black Europe pre-publication announcement 0 r. lotz BLACK EUROPE: Forthcoming from Bear Family Records in February 2013 is a lavishly illustrated book in 2 volumes, documenting the sounds and images of musicians and entertainers of African descent who worked in Europe before 1927, from minstrel shows to ethnological documentation, from the earliest ragtime to the emerging syncopated popular music styles and jazz. The LP-sized books (12”x12”), written by researchers Horst Bergmeier, Jeffrey Green, Rainer Lotz, and Howard Rye, will be in a slip case accompanied by 40 CDs including every recoverable recording from the era, commercial or academic, restored by sound-engineer Christian Zwarg. The CDs will include the complete output of the African-American string bands which recorded in London in 1916 to 1922, a unique documentation, recordings of authentic minstrelsy and vaudevillian and pioneer blues harp player Pete Hampton, and the earliest recorded examples of stride piano and rhythm scat singing. From the 20s come important records of the earliest jazz including the complete works of Vorzanger’s Band in London and Mitchell’s Jazz Kings in Paris.   From Africans come recordings of African languages and folk and religious music including the recordings of Rev. J.J. Ransome Kuti, Fela Kuti’s grandfather. Some of the languages and ethnicities represented are among the earliest recorded and include Agni, Aka, Amharic, Anglo, Antankarana, Antanoussi, Anyin, Arabic, Baluba, Bambara, Banguana, Banoko, Bariba, Baule, Bavili, Bavumbu, Bayaka, Bekok, Berber, Betsileo, Bobo, Bornu, Creole from Guadeloupe and Guayane, Cuambi, Duala, Emyrne, Ewe, Ful, Geez, Haussa, Hlubi, Hova, Ibo, Jaounde, Kabinda, Kanuri, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kwa , Loango, Luganda, Luo, Mabea, Mahafali, Tuléar, Malagasy, Malimba, Malinka, Mandara, Mandingue, Mosi,  Mwali, Ndzwani, Ngazidja, Nourrima, Peul, Pulaar, Zarma, Sakalave, Samogo, Sara-Kaba, Sechuana,, Serère, Sianak, Si-Xosa, Soso, Suahili, Tchi, Toucouleur, Tshivenda, Vaknakaracha, Wolof, Yaounde, Yoruba, Zulu,   Interest can be registered now at no cost for news, updates and subscription details by e-mail to stating "I want to be kept informed of the BLACK EUROPE project”. Flyer and more details: www.black-europe.com
by r. lotz
Saturday, September 01, 2012
The New PhD Program in American Studies at UNC 0 L. Cashman The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proudly announces a new doctoral program in American Studies, which joins the long-standing M.A. program in Folklore. In addition to a core strength in American cultural history and literature, our department features signature strengths in American Indian Studies, Southern Studies, International and Comparative American Studies, Folklore, and Digital Humanities. Our sixteen faculty members teach and work in an array of fields including American intellectual, social, and cultural history, foodways, material culture, popular and folk music, literary and film criticism, American religions, American Indian expressive culture, art and visual culture, vernacular architecture, popular culture, new media and public engagement, and culturally informed public policy. Our graduate programs are designed for depth and breadth in American Studies and Folklore - and they competitively position our graduates for careers in a rapidly changing world of scholarly opportunities. Our emphasis is on the centrality of the interdisciplinary humanities for all aspects of intellectual and professional life. UNC's American Studies graduate program is described in detail on our website, http://amerstud.unc.edu/programs/graduate-program Applications are being accepted for fall 2013. Please address questions to Professor Bernard Herman, Chair, blherman@email.unc.edu<mailto:blherman@email.unc.edu>, or to co-Directors of Graduate Studies Patricia Sawin, sawin@unc.edu<mailto:sawin@unc.edu>, and Joy Kasson, jskasson@email.unc.edu<mailto:jskasson@email.unc.edu>.
by L. Cashman
Friday, August 31, 2012
August Intangible Cultural Heritage Update for Newfoundland and Labrador 0 L. Cashman The ICH Update for AugustIn this month's edition of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Update for Newfoundland and Labrador, we present a review of the ICH workshop held in North West River, Labrador; our summer intern Joelle Carey reviews the Make and Break Festival in Bonavista; and Nicole Penney discusses the sewing of pillow tops by men working in the lumber woods, and how it served as a means of group socialization. Download the update in PDF format. http://archive.org/download/IchUpdate036-August2012/ichupdate036.pdf Occasional Papers in Intangible Cultural Heritage In order to let you know a bit more about what we are working on, and to share some of the ideas we are developing around the safeguarding and best practices for intangible cultural heritage (ICH), I've started an occasional papers publication. So far, we have two short papers, which deal with the project-based training model we are developing for ICH projects. Thanks to Graham Blair for the design work, and to Nicole Penney and Joelle Carey, our ICH interns, for proof-reading. No. 001 - July 2012 - Project- Based Training Initiatives: A Model for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage http://www.mun.ca/ich/Occasional_Paper_01.pdf No 002 - August 2012 - Old Time Concerts on the Baccalieu Trail: A Project-Based Training Case Study http://www.mun.ca/ich/Occasional_Paper_02.pdf
by L. Cashman
Friday, August 31, 2012
Audio Documentary of Tropical Storm Irene from Vermont Folklife Center 0 L. Cashman The Vermont Folklife Center announces the completion of "Weathering the Storm,” a new audio documentary that explores the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on hard hit communities throughout the state. "Weathering the Storm” features the voices of 40 Vermonters from twelve towns, addressing the experience of the storm and the continuing process of recovery. On August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene hit the state of Vermont. Following the devastation caused by the storm and the resultant flooding, the Vermont Folklife Center worked to develop a response to the storm that would both address the needs of community members and create a record of their experiences for posterity. In September 2011 the Vermont Folklife Center initiated the Irene Storytelling Project: (http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/irene/). "Weathering the Storm” emerged from one part of the Irene Storytelling Project--a series of community organized, collective storytelling events called Story Circles (http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/irene/updates/storycircles/). Story Circles provide opportunities for community members to explore together their experiences of the storm, the damage it wrought, and the ongoing path to recovery. "Weathering the Storm” draws on the content and structure of Story Circles from around the state of Vermont with the goal of representing the Story Circle model in documentary format. "Weathering the Storm” follows the flow of an actual Story Circle, highlighting the gripping personal accounts of participants and providing insight into the shared responses to the storm and the common experiences of those who worked to recover from it. "A Story Circle brings a community together so that they can remember together,” says "Weathering the Storm” producer, Aylie Baker. "Story Circles foster the creation of a shared story, one made up of many different strands and perspectives knit together to form a complex whole—a collective, multifaceted memory of dramatic events.” "Weathering the Storm” was produced by Vermont Folklife Center 2011-2012 Fellow, Aylie Baker. Music provided by Jake Wildwood. The program was mastered by David Cooper. Weathering the Storm can be streamed online at http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org. Radio stations and online broadcasters can license the piece for broadcast from PRX.org at http://www.prx.org/pieces/83876-weathering-the-storm. Support for the Irene Storytelling Project has been provided by Green Mountain Coffee, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Lyman Orton & Janice Izzi, Robert Fleming and Jane Howe Patrick Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, and anonymous donors. For additional information on Weathering the Storm and the Irene Storytelling Project, please contact Greg Sharrow (gsharrow@vermontfolklifecenter.org) or Aylie Baker (abaker@vermontfolklifecenter.org).
by L. Cashman
Friday, August 31, 2012
New fiddle and dance publication from NAFCo/Elphinstone Institute 1 I. Russell This convention is great.  I like the blending of an academic conference with the fiddle festival.  The organizers bring in excellent musicians and dancers, and I really appreciated the variety of papers and presentations at the conference.  I've attached a You-Tube clip to give an idea of some of the musical performances.  The volumes of articles from these conventions feature a wide range of scholarship on fiddling. - Gregory Hansen
by G. Hansen
Friday, August 24, 2012
New Release: Just Folklore, by Elliott Oring 0 L. Cashman Elliott Oring, Just Folklore: Analysis, Interpretation, Critique (Cantilever Press, 2012). See http://cantileverpress.com/justfolk.html
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Census Seeks Changes In How It Measures Race 0 L. Cashman Census Seeks Changes In How It Measures Raceby The Associated PressWASHINGTON August 8, 2012, 08:00 pm ET WASHINGTON (AP) - To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race,the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that wouldtreat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use ofthe term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=158438796
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Slow Food USA Blog posts "Archive of Taste: The Appalachian Food Storybank" 0 L. Cashman *Archive of Taste: The Appalachian Food Storybank*By Deirdra Stockmann <deirdras@gmail.com>, Slow Food USA volunteer and former leader with Slow Food Huron ValleyThe hills of Southern Appalachia and the people who live there have long been shaped by their foodways – the cultural, economic and geographic paths that weave people and land together. And those green hills have listened silently as generations have passed down recipes, farming techniques and stories about growing and eating together. People, of course, have listened to these stories as well, but most of them have never been recorded, some have been lost, and countless tales and tricks of the trade reside only in the minds and memories of the region’s elders.In 2011, Slow Food Asheville created the Appalachian Food Storybank as a way to "acknowledge, honor, and archive Appalachian heritage foods and foodways in order to promote the preservation of diverse local knowledges, natural resources, and food biodiversity.” In less than two years, the program has established a committed group of volunteers, built partnerships with other organizations, and created an enthusiastic buzz among local media and area residents eager to help preserve their own local history.  For more of the article, see http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/blog_post/archive_of_taste_the_appalachian_food_storybank/
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 23, 2012
American Sikh culture on Folkstreams.net 0 L. Cashman Folkstreams is featuring "Two Homes, One Heart" a 30 minutevideo about Sikh women and their songs and dances inSacramento, CA.  This 1992 film is by Joyce Middlebrook.  http://www.folkstreams.net/film,108"Sikhs in Northern California celebrate special events withGiddha and Bhangra, songs and dances from their nativeland, Punjab, India. The film shows women in theirworkplaces in America and in a harvest festivalperformance.  The Punjabi narrator describes the meaning ofseveral songs.  Rehearsals and performances by children andteenagers show how the dances are evolving to reflect theinfluence of contemporary cinema.  Wedding rituals, aSunday religious service, and women relating their feelingsabout living in America give a glimpse of hearts sharedbetween India and California."
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tribe Revives Language on Verge of Extinction 0 L. Cashman Tribe Revives Language on Verge of ExtinctionBy KIRK JOHNSONNew York TimesAugust 04, 2012http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/us/siletz-language-with-few-voices-finds-modern-way-to-survive.xmlSILETZ, Ore. - Local native languages teeter on the brink of oblivion all over the world as the biglinguistic sweepstakes winners like English, Spanish or Mandarin ride a surging wave of globalcommunications.An American Indian language with only about five speakers left - once dominant in this part ofthe West, then relegated to near extinction - has, since earlier this year, been shouting back tothe world: "Hey,we're talking here!" (In Siletz that would be naa-ch'aa-ghit-'a.)(For more info go to PORTSIDE (portside@portside.org)
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 23, 2012


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