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"Folklorists Preserved Music from the Threat of the 20th Century" 0 J. Fivecoate "Folk music is the story of men sailing ships, plowing the earth, driving railroad spikes, fighting, loving, eating, drinking, and dying – stories simply told in the language of the people doing the living and dying. Mr. Warner and other folklorists recognize that, with the coming of radio and motion pictures to the back reaches of America, the people are changing their language to a pattern of similarity. So the folklorists are making haste to record the songs of America. Warner and his wife have gone “into the field” from the Canadian border to the Carolinas, and from Cape Cod to the midwest. They locate the people who are likely to know the ballads of the region, win their confidence and respect and then ask them to sing their songs into a recording apparatus." To read the full article, visit http://www.newsobserver.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/past-times/article105120851.html. 
by J. Fivecoate
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
American Folklife Center Publishes Fourth Edition of Folklife and Fieldwork 0 J. Fivecoate When the first edition of Folklife and Fieldwork was published in 1979, our readers had a difficult choice to make: the better audio quality offered by a bulky reel-to-reel tape recorder or the convenience of the newfangled cassette deck. With one of those two machines, plus a single-lens-reflex camera and a few rolls of film, the 1979 fieldworker was equipped to document the world. Earlier editions of this guide gave great advice regarding the handling and preservation of these older forms of documentation. These tips are still relevant for some archival collections, but not for most fieldwork. Born-digital documentation requires a whole new set of practices—new ways of recording and new methods of preservation. Since the first edition appeared there has also been a surge of interest in personal archiving. Preserving family history, genealogy, and community history has never been more popular. Popular interviewing projects like the Veterans History Project and StoryCorps are leading the way in a new era of oral history collecting, and both of their collections are part of the American Folklife Center archive. While this book prioritizes the documentation of folklife, by which we mean traditional culture and heritage, the guidelines offered here for interviewing and documentation apply to a broad range of topics. For more information, visit the American Folklife Center at http://www.loc.gov/folklife/fieldwork/index.html?loclr=fbafc. 
by J. Fivecoate
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
AFS Gray Literature Collection Now Available on Open Folklore 0 J. Fivecoate The AFS-Indiana University Library Open Folklore team is happy to announce that a valuable collection of materials on current practice in, and the history of, folklore studies in the US is now available via Open Folklore: the American Folklore Society gray literature collection (“gray literature” refers to media not formally published or distributed, such as reports, works-in-progress, and conference materials). You can find this collection at https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/9004. This collection includes: Reports (1889-1948) on, or programs (1949-2015) of, every AFS annual meeting except one (1951)— one of the major annual professional conferences of folklorists in the world  More than 50 videos of major AFS annual meeting presentations since 2004 Indexes to the main AFS journal, the Journal of American Folklore, published since 1888 The full texts of nine other folklore journals or newsletters published by AFS interest-group sections A collection of syllabi for undergraduate and graduate folklore courses Several publications on the history of the US field of folklore studies  AFS annual reports and reports from AFS member surveys A variety of cultural policy, professional development, and consultancy reports from the field of folklore studies  The Open Folklore team will continue to update this collection as new material becomes available. The AFS collection is just one example of how Open Folklore can make important materials from our field openly available. We want to hear from other organizations who’d like to work with us to make their own grey literature collections open to all. Contact us via https://openfolklore.org/contact/contact-openfolklore.
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, September 30, 2016
NACF Launching New Mentorship Program 0 J. Fivecoate For thousands of years, master Native artists have dedicated time, resources, and support to the next generation, passing on the skills, arts practice, and cultural understanding needed to perpetuate visual and traditional arts and lifeways. Yet in today’s fast-paced and overloaded modern world, mentorships are threatened. While even the most established Native artist faces challenges, emerging artists are especially vulnerable: pressed for time, resources, and support, their ability to advance their skills and attain necessary knowledge is too often limited. The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s work with artists and communities has inspired us to develop and launch a new program to address this need. The Mentor Fellowship program, launching in Fall 2016, will facilitate exchange of cultural knowledge and artistic skill between mentor and apprentice in both traditional and contemporary visual arts, while nurturing the passion and power of creative expression. Thanks to support from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, NACF will launch Mentor Fellowships in the following 10 states: Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We look forward to sharing more information about the program through our website, Facebook page, and e-newsletter. Keep an eye out for an Open Call this fall.  
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, September 30, 2016
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
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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 9, 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 2, 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 1, 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

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