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Retired Columnist Release Oral History Collections 0 S. Larson Garret Mathews, a retired columnist for the Evansville Courier (WV), has released four collections of newspaper columns and oral histories he collected for various projects over the course of his nearly forty-year career. These include interviews with civil rights activists and materials on Appalachian culture. To learn more about these collections and to access them, go to http://pluggerpublishing.com/.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
New Issue Published Online: Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 0 S. Larson Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics has recently published its latest issue Vol. 9, No. 2 at http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal. The editors invite you to review the Table of Contents here and visit the journal’s web site to read or download articles. Journal of Ethnology and FolkloristicsVol 9, No 2 (2015) Table of Contents: http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/issue/view/17 ArticlesVisual Chronicles from the Balkans and Central Europe: Samplers Remembered (pp. 3-19)     Maria-Alina Asavei Making Sense of the Past: (Re)constructing the Local Memorial Landscape in a Post-Soviet Base in Poland (pp. 21-40)     Dominika Czarnecka Decency, Humility, and Obedience: Spatial Discipline in the Baptist Rehab Centre (pp. 41-58)     Igor Mikeshin Tona, the Folk Healing Practices in Rural Punjab, Pakistan (pp. 59-74)     Azher Hameed Qamar Pre-Modern Bosom Serpents and Hippocrates'  Epidemiae 5: 86: A Comparative and Contextual Folklore Approach (pp. 75-119)     Davide Ermacora Notes and Reviews Being a State and States of Being in Highland Georgia (pp. 121-122)     Klavs Sedlenieks
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Latest Issue of Journal of Folklore Research Now Available 0 S. Larson The latest issue of the Journal of Folklore Research is now available through Project Muse and JSTOR. Journal of Folklore ResearchAn International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicologyhttp://jfr.indiana.edu/ Volume 53, Number 1, January-April 2016Performing Alterity: Postcolonial Genesis of Borderland Identity in Japan (pp. 1-39)Tomomi J. Emoto Historical Narrative, Intertextuality, and Cultural Continuity in Post-Soviet Tajikistan (pp. 41-65)Benjamin GatlingSnake to Monster: Conrad Gessner’s Schlangenbuch and the Evolution of the Dragon in the Literature of Natural History (pp. 67-124)Phil Senter, Uta Mattox, Eid E. Haddad
by S. Larson
Thursday, March 03, 2016
“Archiving Folklore Collections: Who’s in Charge?” 0 S. Larson Maggie Holtzberg discusses the impetus behind the recent transfer of the archival holdings of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Folk Arts & Heritage Program to the Massachusetts State Archives: Maggie Holtzberg, "Archiving Folklore Collections: Who’s in Charge?” Keepers of Tradition: Traditional Arts and Folk Heritage Blog, March 1, 2016, http://blog.massfolkarts.org/index.php/2016/03/archiving-folklore-collections-whos-in-charge/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Face Jugs Available at Susanin's Auction 0 S. Larson Susanin's Auctioneers & Appraisers is featuring several face jugs. Makers include B. B. Craig, Chester Hewell, Cleater & Billie Meaders, and Charles Lisk. Below you can find descriptions of some of the lots coming up for auction on March 19, 2016. You might also use the additional link to view the full auction catalog online. Susanin's Sale 163: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Sculpture: Chester Hewell (American, 20th Century) Two Face Jugs: One double-handled double face jug with mustaches and lizards, one face jug with lizard. Both signed and dated 1988 and 1998, respectively. Double face jug height: 10.5." Lot 163-8052. Charles Lisk (American, 20th Century) Two Face Jugs: One larger double-handled and one smaller single-handled, both bearing impressed 'CL' at the shoulders and impressed maker's mark on the undersides. Taler: 14.5." Lot 163-8074. B.B. Craig (American, 20th Century) A Face Jug: Bearing the impressed maker's mark on the underside. Together with a Southern Folk Pottery Collector's Society erotic face jug bearing impressed mark and numbered 28/57 on the underside B.B. Craig height: 9." Lot 163-8026. Susanin’s will be open for exhibition beginning Monday, March 14th and the auction will take place on Saturday, March 19th at 10 AM CST. Should you be interested in these lots or others in the auction, please click here to be redirected to the registration form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gabby Thoma at gabby@susanins.com.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
"As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki” 0 S. Larson The children of Damine, a mountain village in central Japan, have performed the art of kabuki, or Japanese classical theater, for over three centuries. However, the tradition and the village itself are in danger of dying out.    Elise Hu, "As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki,” NPR, February 23, 2016, http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/02/23/467298269/as-a-japanese-mountain-village-shrinks-so-do-its-prospects-for-kabuki  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
“The Last Stone Cutter of Wilkeson” 0 S. Larson Wilkeson, WA -- Lloyd Livernash, the Walker Cut Stone Company's last surviving employee, reflects on the art of stone-cutting:Craig Sailor, "The Last Stone Cutter of Wilkeson,” The Olympian, February 23, 2016, http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article62012267.html Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* 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-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";}
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
BBC Radio Program: “Darkie Day: Michael and the Mummers" 0 S. Larson Grace Dent presents untold stories of 21st century Britain. Young black film director Michael Jenkins is making a film about Padstow's Darkie Day. It's a long standing tradition where local residents black up their faces and process through the streets singing and dancing. The locals are defensive about their celebration which is part of their Cornish identity. Despite what outsiders think they say it has no racial overtones, but they did change the name to Mummers Day after complaints prompted MP Diane Abbott to call for the festival to be stopped. As a young Black British man Michael wants to experience it for himself and capture it on film. Will any of the town's residents accept his invitation to sit down and have an honest conversation with him about Darkie Day's origins and meaning? Is political correctness making it worse? This is a story where modern Britain meets medieval history in a clash of cultures. Listen to the program here: Grace Dent, "Darkie Day: Michael and the Mummers,” BBC Radio 4 – The Untold, February 22, 2016, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06yr6vh
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
New Free E-learning Course: Why We Post - The Anthropology of Social Media 0 S. Larson Why We Post - The Anthropology of Social Media is a new, free e-learning course. It will begin on 29th February 2016. This five-week course is taught by the nine anthropologists behind Why We Post, the global social media research study based at University College London.Topics include:Week One: What is social media - Polymedia and Scalable Sociality. The focus upon content rather than platforms. The 9 fieldsites. The practical uses of this research. Main fieldsite – village England.Week Two: The shift to visual images in communication. Memes as the moral police of the internet. The significance for illiteracy. The diversity of the selfie. Main field sites - South Italy, Trinidad.Week Three: The impact on politics and gender. Why public social media is more conservative than offline life. The transformation of gender relations in Hindu and Muslim societies. Main field sites - south India and southeast Turkey.Week Four: What can be learned from The Chinese platforms. The impact of social media more generally on privacy, on education and on commerce. Main field sites – Industrial China, Rural China.Week Five: The relation between online equality and offline inequality. When social media may not express identity or individuality. Seeing the normative. How the world changed social media. Main field sites – northeast Brazil and north Chile.The course is available in seven languages in addition to English.Register today for the English version at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anthropology-social-media/1.Register for the Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish versions at https://extendstore.ucl.ac.uk/catalog?pagename=why-we-post.NB: These non-English versions are not time bound and can be followed at any time and duration from Feb 29th 2016.About Why We PostWhy We Post is a project by nine anthropologists who conducted nine simultaneous 15-month studies on the uses and consequences of social media around the world. Sites included a factory town and a rural town in China, a town on the Syrian-Turkish border, low income settlements in Brazil and Chile, an IT complex set between villages in South India, an English village, and small towns in Italy and Trinidad. Outputs will include a free e-learning course (available in 8 languages), a website and 11 open access books, to be published by UCL Press. To find out more, visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/why-we-post. To view the video introduction to the Why We Post project, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jA5B32MP98&feature=youtu.be. 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
“When Did Northwesterners Stop Speaking Chinook Jargon?” 0 S. Larson The following article takes a look at the history and current usage of Chinook Jargon, or Chinuk Wawa, a now endangered language that was once widely used in the Pacific Northwest as a means of communication between white traders and the Chinook tribe. *Liz Jones, "When Did Northwesterners Stop Speaking Chinook Jargon?” KUOW.org, February 21, 2016, http://kuow.org/post/when-did-northwesterners-stop-speaking-chinook-jargon  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Amy Shuman Receives OSU’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching 0 S. Larson The Center for Folklife Studies at the Ohio State University is pleased to announce that Amy Shuman has received the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is the university’s most prestigious teaching award, and recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence each year. Recipients are inducted into the Academy of Teaching. A committee of students, previous recipients, and alumni choose the awardees. Amy was nominated by a group of her current and former graduate students. Her innovative, intellectually challenging coursework and her infinitely supportive coaching have inspired countless folklore students over the years.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
James P. Leary’s Red Carpet Stance at the 58th Grammy Awards! 0 S. Larson James P. Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin and recently nominated AFS Board member, owns the red carpet at the 58th Grammy Awards: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/professor-james-p-leary-attends-the-58th-grammy-awards-at-news-photo/510460396 Leary’s Folksongs Of Another America: Field Recordings From The Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, produced by Dust-to-Digital and University of Wisconsin Press, was nominated for "Best Album Notes." To see a complete list of this year's Grammy award-winners and nominees, go to http://www.grammy.com/nominees.
by S. Larson
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The 2016 Florida Folk Heritage Award Winners 0 S. Larson Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has announced the 2016 Florida Folk Heritage Awards! This year’s winners are: Lucréce and Louinés Louinis (Broward County) as artist-advocates of Haitian culture; Paco and Celia Fonta (Miami-Dade County) as artist-advocates of Spanish culture; Ed Long (St. Johns County) as a Folklife Advocate of maritime history and culture; and Serge Toussaint (Miami-Dade County) as a folk artist and muralist. The Florida Department of State, Florida Folklife Program, presents Folk Heritage Awards annually to citizens who have made long-standing contributions to Florida’s cultural heritage by perpetuating community traditions. Nominations are accepted annually by October 1 and are reviewed by the Florida Folklife Council. Like the National Heritage Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards honor the state’s most influential tradition bearers for excellence, significance, and authenticity. Additional information, including photos and bios about each award winner, is available on the Folklife Program’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1073766509356110.1073741835.269125086486927&type=3 If you would like to make a nomination, details may be found here: http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/florida-folklife-program/folk-heritage-awards/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
“Executive Director Cristina Balli Ends Tenure at Texas Folklife” 0 S. Larson Austin, Texas – January 28, 2016 – Cristina Ballí, executive director of Texas Folklife, has announced that she is stepping down as of February 1.  Ballí took over the reins of the organization in 2012, and had been program and associate director since 2009. Prior to 2009, Ballí was program director and project coordinator for the South Texas region for Texas Folklife. Before her work with Texas Folklife, Ballí directed the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito where she oversaw the successful building and openings of the San Benito History, Texas Conjunto Museum Hall of Fame and Freddy Fender Museums. She was also a producer for the Rio Grande Valley public radio station KMBH/KHID where she hosted a weekly arts news segment and produced radio documentaries. Ballí is fluent in Spanish, holds a bachelor degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and is a native of Brownsville. Ballí led the organization through difficult times—but Texas Folklife landed on its feet in a new location with expanded office, exhibition, and event space; revamped long dormant programs; continued and grew successful statewide programs, including the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, Festival of Texas Fiddling, and Stories from Deep in the Heart; produced several media projects; and received major grants from prestigious national organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts. One of the programs that prospered greatly under Ballí’s tenure is the Big Squeeze Contest. When  Ballí took that program on as associate director in 2010, there were eight contestants statewide. By 2015, the number of contestants increased to an average of 30 a year, with a total of over 200 contestants in the program’s history. Along the way, she developed and nurtured strong partnerships with other non-profits throughout the state: Conjunto Heritage Taller in San Antonio, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts in Houston, McDonald Library in Corpus Christi, and La Joya and Los Fresnos Independent School Districts in the Rio Grande Valley. The contest brought statewide and national acclaim through networks of music teachers, legendary musicians, strong organizational partnerships, and a great deal of media attention—from the Valley Morning Star to the New York Times, from KUTX to NPR, from live TV broadcasts in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and the Valley.  "I will miss all the friends, colleagues, and contacts I have made throughout the state and, indeed, the country in this role,” Ballí said. "I will certainly miss my Superstar Texas Folklife Team—Charlie Lockwood, Eugenio Del Bosque, and all our contractors, interns, and volunteers. Please support them and the board of Texas Folklife as they carry on the mission of this organization. It has been on of the greatest challenges and joys of my career to serve as Executive Director of Texas Folklife. Muchas gracias and blessings to you all.” Texas Folklife is supported by the members and Board of Texas Folklife, the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and the Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment, Stillwater Foundation, Shield Ayres Foundation, Humanities Texas, and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. View the original press release at http://texasfolklife.org/article/executive-director-cristina-balli-ends-tenure-at-texas-folklife.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
"Violins of Hope" 0 S. Larson Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein has been collecting and restoring violins that once belonged to inmates of Nazi concentration camps as part of a project he calls "Violins of Hope." The following clips highlight the project, as well as the role of the violin in Jewish culture: "Violins of Hope," CBS News, December 6, 2015, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/violins-of-hope/"Restoring hope by repairing violins of the Holocaust," PBS NewsHour, February 12, 2016, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/restoring-hope-by-repairing-violins-of-the-holocaust/
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Museum of International Folk Art Helps Solve Valentine's Day Challenge 0 S. Larson "Vogue Magazine and the Museum of International Folk Art Solve Your Valentine's Day Challenge:Flowers, Chocolates, Dinner Date? How About a Book?"  (SANTA FE, Feb. 11, 2016)—Stumped about what to get your Valentine that she or he hasn't already received? Sure cards are a must, flowers a safe choice, and chocolates are, well, the cherry on top, so to speak. This year, no less an authority than Vogue Magazine – the recognized arbiter of all things "style" – has compiled a comprehensive list of Valentine's Day gifts for your perusal – and one item has an especially local connection.Last year's runaway, blockbuster exhibition, The Red That Colored the World at the Folk Art Museum, was accompanied by the stunning book, A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World, published by the internationally recognized and renowned publisher of fine art books, Skira Rizzoli. And the local connection is enhanced further with both Carmella Padilla and Barbara Anderson as editors and contributors. A Red Like No Other is available in the Museum of International Folk Art's Museum Shop.No book better captures Valentine's Day essence. A Red Like No Other reveals the captivating story of the pursuit of red, the most powerful color – a global symbol of strength, wealth, mystery, and sexuality, a color so potent it has seduced viewers and inspired artists for millennia.  Perfect, right?Vogue's complete list of suggestions, "the 25 best disappointment-proof gifts to give or to receive" – which, yes, do include chocolates and cards, is here: http://www.vogue.com/13396292/valentines-day-gift-guide-stunning-classic-present-ideas/ABOUT THE BOOK
A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World, Edited by Carmella Padilla and Barbara Anderson
US Price: $60.00The Museum of International Folk Art Museum Shop is located in the museum at 706 Camino Lejo (Museum Hill just off Old Santa Fe Trail). 505-982-5186.  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
"The Real Black Chefs Who Taught Americans How to Cook" 0 S. Larson Toni Tipton-Martin, a food journalist and author, has published on what she refers to as the "Jemima Code." On the one hand, the well-known advertising character of Aunt Jemima may signify homeyness and comfort, while on the other hand, she is a racist caricature of a black woman. The following article gives an overview of Tipton-Martin's research on the "Jemima Code" and "the real black women, and men, who worked as cooks and chefs after the Civil War": Lisa Hix, "Out of the Shadow of Aunt Jemima: The Real Black Chefs Who Taught Americans How to Cook," Collectors Weekly, January 22, 2016, http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/out-of-the-shadow-of-aunt-jemima-the-real-black-chefs-who-taught-americans-to-cook/
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
"A Pop-Up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Women" 0 S. Larson Vashti DuBois, a Philadelphia native and artist, has turned her own home into the Colored Girls Museum -- a "pop-up culture center and art exhibition." The museum features ten different installations curated by local artists all centering on the lives of women of color. DuBois envisioned the museum as a way to honor and educate the public about black women's history.  Read more about the Colored Girls Museum: Heather Hansman, "A Pop-Up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphi's Black Women," Smithsonian.com, February 9, 2016, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pop-up-museum-documents-stories-philadelphias-black-women-180957996/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&no-ist
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
"Mardi Gras Chase in the Bayou" 0 S. Larson In a ritual that is hanging on in just a few isolated pockets of Louisiana, children are chased down, good-naturedly, for a lesson in religion. To learn more, take a look at the following article, in which Folklorist Barry Ancelet is consulted: Campbell Robertson, "Mardi Gras Chase in the Bayou Ends With Gentle Lashings, and Prayers,” The New York Times, February 10, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/us/in-this-mardi-gras-celebration-its-all-about-prayer.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0
by S. Larson
Thursday, February 11, 2016
"Hundreds of New Terms Added to the Ethnographic Thesaurus" 0 S. Larson This January, the Library of Congress launched a new version of the American Folklore Society Ethnographic Thesaurus on its linked data site. To find out more about the latest version, see: Nicole Saylor, "Hundreds of new terms added to the Ethnographic Thesaurus," Library of Congress: Folklife Today, February 4, 2016, http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2016/02/hundreds-of-new-terms-added-to-the-ethnographic-thesaurus/?loclr=fbafcTo access the thesaurus: http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/ethnographicTerms.html?loclr=blogflt
by S. Larson
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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