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2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge Winners Announced 0 A. Intern The winning entries of the Junior Folklorist Challenge—created by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and ePals, an educational media company—have now gone up on the ePals web site, along with an interactive map of the world showing all entries. This was the first year of this Challenge, and the hope is to discuss getting state/regional/international folklorists involved next year.Visit the site at, and vote for your favorite winner for the ePals Choice Award!
by A. Intern
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
NY Times Features Joseph Sciorra's Italian-American Planter Documentation 0 A. Intern On June 11, the NY Times featured an article on the Italian-American decorative technique that uses pebbles to cover planters and flowerpots, and Joseph Sciorra’s documentation of this technique in New York City. To read the full article, visit: For more information about this work, visit Sciorra’s blog:
by A. Intern
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tarpon Springs' Greektown Recognized as Florida's First TCP 0 A. Intern On June 2, the National Park Service added the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District in Pinellas County to the National Register of Historic Places—the state’s first Traditional Cultural Property listing. The District had previously been deemed eligible for NR listing by Florida’s National Register Review Board onFebruary 21.Tarpon Springs’ Greektown District, which includes hundreds of buildings (residential, religious, maritime, and commercial), the sponge dock, and about a dozen sponge boats, preserves a strong ethnic and maritime character. It is also one of the nation’s few non-Native American districts nominated on the basis of its cultural integrity.The state is now planning to promote this new status to the cultural tourism industry, so not only are there good potential preservation but also economic outcomes.
by A. Intern
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Arkansas Made Living Treasure Film Series 0 A. Intern The Arkansas Arts Council has partnered with Historic Arkansas Museum and their Arkansas Made project, to produce documentary films of the Arkansas Living Treasure recipients. ALTA, awarded by the arts council, is an annual award to a traditional craft artist worthy of recognition for excellence in their art form and for efforts in continuing the craft through outreach and teaching. Eleven of the thirteen films have been produced and the public screening took place at the Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock. For more information, and the view the videos, visit:
by A. Intern
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Living Tradition Magazine Features Article by Lisa Null 0 A. Intern The most recent issue of Living Tradition, a British magazine for those interested in the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, England and with less emphasis, North America, features an autobiographical article on the American folk revival by Elisabeth Null. Although this well-produced magazine generally limits the reading of articles to subscribers, they have generously posted Null’s on their website as a means of expanding interest in Living Tradition among Americans. Toward the end of the article, Null points out a few of the differing characteristics between British and American revival performers, as she knew them during her heavy touring days in the late seventies/early eighties. The article also demonstrates how some revivalists use traditional or traditionally-rooted folksong today. Observations were in response to questions Null was asked, and draw from her own experience rather than any sort of disciplined research.  To view the article, visit  Any feedback is welcome; contact Elisabeth Higgins Null at 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
by A. Intern
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
New Volume on Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts Edited by Luisa Del Giudice 0 R. Vanscoyoc The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do "something big.” Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo—Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts is a much anticipated revisitation of the man and his towers.In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man.Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: "Art & Migration: Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts, Los Angeles” and "The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development.”The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. SabatoRodia’s Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man’s tenacious labor of love.A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center.Visit for more information. 
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Louisiana Folklife Day Proclaimed by Lt Governor 0 R. Vanscoyoc Lt Governor Jay Dardenne has proclaimed Wednesday, June 4 as Louisiana Folklife Day to recognize the importance of Louisiana’s living traditions. Louisiana is celebrated worldwide for its unique traditions as reflected in its food, music, dance, celebration and crafts.   "Every one and every group has folklife,” explained Teresa Parker Farris, chair of the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Learned informally over time, folklife exists within all of Louisiana’s ethnic, regional, occupational, and family groups.   The Louisiana Folklife program’s newly expanded website, Folklife in Louisiana, presents the state’s regional and ethnic folklife in virtual books, including the new Delta Pieces: Northeast Louisiana Folklife; virtual exhibitions, including A Better Life for All: Traditional Arts of Louisiana’s Immigrant Communities, and hundreds of research essays, photographs, video, and audio components. The related Louisiana Voices Educator’s Guide, draws upon this state folklife scholarship to provide rich teaching resources and methods for all educational levels on Louisiana folk arts and culture.   The Lt. Governor will read the proclamation in front of the Creole State Exhibit located in Ackal Hall of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge at 2 pm on June 4, 2014 with the Louisiana Folklife Commission in attendance. The exhibit features traditional crafts from throughout the state and was made possible by Lt Governor Jay Dardenne and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, June 02, 2014
Arizona Daily Star Praises Folklorist Big Jim Griffith's Blog 0 R. Vanscoyoc Click here to read the article.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 14, 2014
Graduate Journal of Food Studies Launched 0 L. Cashman Greetings Food Scholars,It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the first edition of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies<>. Inside you will find some tremendous work from graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of food studies. This premier issue features four original, peer-reviewed research essays on diverse food-related subjects and the three engaging reviews of books challenging the way we think about food.The journal will be accepting submissions for the second edition for another couple months. If you have, or have students who have, a food-related research project in the works or have one recently completed I encourage you take a look at the guidelines<>. Moreover, we'll be looking for graduate student participants to peer-review as well, so if you would like to contribute your editing skills to journal we'd be thrilled to have you. Keep a look out in the coming months for more information and feel free to reach out to me directly.Many of the members of the journal's advisory board are also members of this list-serv and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them publically for their support. It has made this journal possible.Best,Brad JonesEditor-in-ChiefGraduate Journal of Food Studies<>
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
New Publication on Musical Participation 0 I. Russell Aberdeen University Press has been relaunched with a publication that contains several articles with folkloric focuses.Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology, Elphinstone Institute Occasional Publications 9, ed. by Ian Russell and Catherine Ingram (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, in association with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, 2013), viii+352pp.  ISBN 978-1-85752-001-9. Further details, contact: .
by I. Russell
Thursday, March 27, 2014
International Committee of Museums of Ethnography Releases New Book 0 R. Vanscoyoc The International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME), an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), is proud to announce a new book, Museums and Truth, edited by Annette B. Fromm, Viv Golding, and Per B. Rekdal. Museums are usually seen as arenas for the authorised presentations of reality, based on serious, professional knowledge. Yet, in spite of the impossibility of giving anything but a highly abstract and extremely selective impression in an exhibition, very few museums problematize this or discuss their priorities with their public. They don’t ask “what are the other truths of the matter?” Though the essays in this collection are not written with museums and truth as their explicit subject, they highlight contested truths, the absence of the truth of the underprivileged, whether one truth is more worthy than the other, and whether lesser truths can dilute the value of greater truths. One of the articles included here lets youngsters choose which truth is most probable or just, while another talks about an exhibition where the public must choose which truth to adhere to before entering. One shows how a political change gives a new opportunity to finally restore valuable truths of the past to the present, and another describes the highly dangerous task of making museums and memorials for the truths of the oppressed. Lastly, one explores whether we live in a period where the sources for authorized truths are fragmented and questioned, and asks, what should the consequences for museums be? To learn more, go to
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, March 03, 2014
Oral History in the Digital Age resources 0 L. Cashman From the Oral History in the Digital Age website, Primary Site: The OHDA site includes materials (text, audio, video) on best practices for oral history digital video. OHDA WIKI: The WIKI links you to best practices from around the web and includes many exemplary web sites. OHDA Project Information: This project site describes the original project and has reports, participants, and original grant proposal.
by L. Cashman
Friday, February 21, 2014
KITHFOLK, a quarterly digital roots music magazine 0 L. Cashman Now available, the premier issue of the quarterly digital roots music magazine, KITHFOLK: The issue includes: interviews with anarcho-folk leaders Blackbird Raum, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, and Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchellan article on logging songs in the Northwest and an account of a visit to a WA state logging camp in the 70s by folklorist/anthropologist LLyn De Danaan a traditional story and poem about the iconic Native American figure Tsagaglalal by Cowlitz writer/collector/folklorist Si Matta
by L. Cashman
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Opportunities for Teacher Training in Folk Arts, Folklife, and Oral History 0 L. Cashman Educators and artists interested in learning more about employing folk arts, folklife, or oral history in the classroom will find a roster of institutes and workshops around the country on the home page of the Local Learning web site
by L. Cashman
Thursday, February 06, 2014
New titles in folklore from UP Colorado/Utah State UP 0 L. Cashman From University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press: The University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press are pleased to present our Spring/Summer 2014 digital catalog, where you will find details of our upcoming titles in archaeology, anthropology, business, folklore, higher education, history, natural history,poetry, and writing studies. With questions, concerns or to request review or exam copies, please reply to this email or write me directly at Enjoy! Beth Svinarich Sales and Marketing Manager
by L. Cashman
Friday, January 24, 2014
Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama 0 R. Vanscoyoc "A classic ethnographic study of rural children, their community, and their school." Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama (University Press of Mississippi) attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are "problematic" to explore what their daily lives actually entail. Author Angela McMillan Howell travels to the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate what it is like for a young black person to grow up in the contemporary rural South. What she finds is that the young people of Hamilton are neither idly passing their time in a stereotypically languid setting, nor are they being corrupted by hip hop culture and the perils of the urban north, as many pundits suggest. Rather, they are dynamic and diverse young people making their way through the structures that define the twenty-first-century South. Howell has authored one of the few contemporary ethnographies that focuses primarily on rural African American youth. Told through the poignant stories of several high school students, Raised Up Down Yonder reveals a group that is often rendered invisible in society. Blended families, football sagas, crunk music, expanding social networks, and a nearby segregated prom are just a few of the fascinating juxtapositions. Howell uses personal biography, historical accounts, sociolinguistic analysis, and community narratives to illustrate persistent racism, class divisions, and resistance in a new context. She addresses contemporary issues, such as moral panics regarding the future of youth in America and educational policies that may be well meaning but are ultimately misguided. Angela Mcmillan Howell is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Morgan State University. Her work has been published in the Journal of African American Studies and Anthropology Now.For more information contact Clint Kimberling, Publicist, at Read more about Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Folklore Rules Author Lynne McNeill on NPR 0 B. Murphy Here's an interesting interview with Lynne McNeill author of Folklore Rules.  Lot's of fun interesting information here.  Her new book is great too!
by B. Murphy
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Elaine Eff Curates Exhibition on Painted Screen Tradition in Baltimore 0 R. Vanscoyoc has recognized Maryland folklorist Elaine Eff's work with the Maryland Institute's College of Art to produce an exhibit on Baltimore's painted screen tradition. To read the article, click here.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Handcrafted Art Traditions 0 L. Cashman From Georgia Wier --We at Handcrafted Art Traditions are now into our 2nd year as an online gallery of folk and traditional arts made in the American West. For the artists, this gallery provides an opportunity to sell their work beyond their immediate regions and regular clientele. We function mainly as an online gallery but are seeking "real world" opportunities to introduce the work to the public. Please let me know if you have ideas of appropriate festivals or other temporary exhibit/sales venues.Prices range from about $9 for some of the papercut ornaments by Judith Meyers of Colorado ( to $265 for handwoven rugs in the style of saddle blankets by Linda Morton-Keithley of Idaho ( artists new in 2013 are Linda Morton-Keithley and Maria and Victor Godines of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon ( One more thing--I've recently bitten the bullet and started a facebook page, so I'll appreciate your "likes":
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 13, 2013
New Temple University Press Title in Youth Studies 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Art of Play Recess and the Practice of Inventionby Anna R. Beresin What can the art of play teach us about the art of play? Showcasing the paintings of more than one hundred Philadelphia public elementary school children, folklorist Anna Beresin's innovative book The Art of Play, presents images and stories that illustrate what children do at recess, and how it makes them feel.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, December 12, 2013

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