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"Keeping the Navajo Language Relevant" 0 S. Larson As the largest tribe in the country, more Navajos speak their mother tongue than any other indigenous language in the U.S. But the Navajo language is still considered endangered. Each year, fewer Navajo children speak it. Laurel Morales from Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports that there’s a new effort to not only preserve the language, but to revive it. “Keeping the Navajo Language Relevant,” Here & Now (May 2, 2016),  http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/05/02/navajo-language
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
"New Horizons for State Folk Arts Programs" 0 S. Larson Adrienne Decker, folk arts specialist at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, interviewed three early career folklorists working at state arts agencies to get their take on the “challenges facing state-level folk arts coordinators in 2016.” Read about their thoughts in the following blog: Adrienne Decker, “They Should’ve Asked a Folklorist: New Horizons for State Folk Arts Programs,” Artsblog (April 28, 2016), http://blog.americansforthearts.org/2016/04/28/they-should%E2%80%99ve-asked-a-folklorist-new-horizons-for-state-folk-arts-programs
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
"Prince's Paisley Park Home to Become a Graceland-Style Museum" 0 S. Larson Thinking ahead to the 2017 AFS Annual Meeting to be held in Minneapolis, MN: Michael Allen, "Prince's Paisley Park Home to Become a Graceland-Style Museum, His Family Confirms," Yahoo! News (April 25, 2016), https://www.yahoo.com/news/princes-paisley-park-home-to-become-a-103204661.html  
by S. Larson
Thursday, April 28, 2016
"All in a (State) Folklorist's Day" 0 S. Larson Check out Maggie Holtzberg's latest "Keepers of Tradition" blog post, which details a few days spent getting out of her office at the Massachusetts Cultural Council and into the field: http://blog.massfolkarts.org.  
by S. Larson
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Folkstreams Seeks Reviewers for Singing Stream Film Series 0 S. Larson Folkstreams and the Landis family from Creedmoor, North Carolina have now released The Singing Stream series on DVD.  The old 1985 film A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle was retransferred from 16mm film to 4K video.  The new film Reunion is an exploration of what happened to the Landis family 30 years after the first film, and looks at the legacy of Bertha and Coy Landis as it evolved near the home farm in Creedmoor, NC, and also in Akron, OH, where one of their children migrated just after WWII and started his own family. Folkstreams believes that these films are the only ones ever made to explore African American History thru the lens of one southern family. Folkstreams is looking for reviewers to recommend the film to public and academic libraries.  If you would like to help with this, Folkstreams can send a copy of the DVD and a poster.If you are interested in reviewing the film, please contact: Tom DavenportDirector, Folkstreams.net11324 Pearlstone LaneDelaplane, Va 20144540-592-3701 
by S. Larson
Thursday, April 28, 2016
"Honoring Harriet Tubman and Other Historic Women" 0 S. Larson The following program on the decision to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill features Patricia Turner, folklorist and the dean and vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Honoring Harriet Tubman and Other Historic Women,” WNYC.org (April 21, 2016), http://www.wnyc.org/story/women-washington/ 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
"Iceland's Water Cure" 0 S. Larson Valdimar Hafstein and other Icelandic folklorists offer their perspectives in this article, which poses the question, "Can the secret to the country's happiness be found in its communal pools?" Dan Kois, "Iceland's Water Cure," The New York Times (April 19, 2016), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/magazine/icelands-water-cure.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0 
by S. Larson
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Beautiful Masters of Traditional Arts Website Launches 0 S. Larson Documentary Arts proudly announces the latest contribution honoring the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows, the comprehensive multimedia Masters of Traditional Arts website at http://www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org. This ongoing interdisciplinary project produced by Documentary Arts focuses on the recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982. The website culminates more than three decades of work documenting and sharing the deep wisdom and artistry of profound traditional artists.The website is a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. Users can fluidly navigate through compelling photographs, biographies, videos, and audio recordings of over 400 Heritage Fellows. The site also includes an education guide, related resources, and the history and context of the artists’ diverse art forms as well as their personal stories.The Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide offers educators in K-12, college, museum, library, and community settings interdisciplinary activities and units of study that ground young people in their personal traditions as they research and experience the traditions of Heritage Fellows. It is accessible online or as a PDF. The guide lays out the process for meaningful instruction that will help students meet education standards through creative methodologies and multilayered, authentic content in several media forms.In addition to exploring the website, please help publicize its rich potential to engage people of all ages in learning more about the often-invisible yet powerful traditions that underpin American heritage and history. Share outreach suggestions and learn more by contacting Paddy Bowman, lead author of the education guide and Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education at pbbowman@gmail.com.The traveling exhibition Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts, curated by Alan Govenar and Marsha MacDowell, offers another way of experiencing the artistry and mastery of the Heritage Fellows. It features 88 folk artists who represent a cross-section of the traditions recognized through the National Heritage Fellowships and embody the cultural and geographic diversity of the United States. Photographs, videos, interactive media, and artworks bring the art and lives of honorees to life in space, time, and motion. Visitors experience these individuals intimately and in depth through human-scale, still, and video portraits; accompanying audio recordings;  and photographs documenting the artists at work and engaging with their communities. See http://www.docarts.com or contact Documentary Arts Director Alan Govenar at alan@docarts.com to learn about booking the exhibition. 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
Monday, April 18, 2016
Announcing The Academic Job Search Handbook, Fifth Edition 0 S. Larson Authors Julia Miller Vick, Jennifer S. Furlong, and Rosanne Lurie are pleased to announce the release of The Academic Job Search Handbook  Fifth Edition. "The Academic Job Search Handbook is the first and still the best. The academic job search is special and different. Students and postdocs need help preparing compelling written materials, engaging presentations, and persuasive interviews. I recommend this book to everyone approaching the faculty job market, and use it for seminars and workshops on the academic job search process. It provides sage advice and many examples that span disciplines and different kinds of faculty positions."—Chris M. Golde, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University"An indispensable guide to the difficult and complex academic job market. I have recommended earlier editions of this book to generations of graduate students, and they have benefited immeasurably from its authoritative advice and generous supply of sample documents (like CVs and cover letters). This new fifth edition expands and improves a book that was already a trusted classic. This is a book on which graduate students looking for academic positions would be wise to rely."—Joseph Straus, Distinguished Professor of Music, Graduate Center, CUNY"The academic job search is fraught with anxiety, urban legends and misinformation. The Academic Job Search Handbook pulls back the curtain, takes you through the entire process step-by-step, and provides actionable advice and examples that will help you present your candidacy (and yourself) in the strongest and most compelling manner."—Andrew Green, Career Center, University of California, BerkeleyFor more than twenty years, job seekers have relied on The Academic Job Search Handbook for help in their search for faculty positions. The new fifth edition provides updated advice and addresses current topics in today's competitive market.Full Description, Table of Contents, and MoreFifth Edition 
392 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2340-8 | $19.95s | £13.00 
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9206-0 | $19.95s | £13.00 For more information, go to http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/915.html. 
by S. Larson
Monday, April 18, 2016
Daniel Sheehy Receives Guggenheim Fellowship 0 S. Larson Dr. Daniel Sheehy has been the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings since 2000. He concurrently served as Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage 2009-2013 and Acting Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center 2008-2009. As Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts 1992-2000 and staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director (1978-1992), Sheehy directed the National Heritage Fellowship awards and grants programs of $4 million annually. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in Veracruz, Mexico (1977-78), he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA (1979). He served as co-editor with Dale Olsen of the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Under his leadership, Smithsonian Folkways has published more than 200 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, one Latin Grammy, and twenty-one nominations. Sheehy currently serves as President of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, board member of the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Association for Cultural Equity, and past board member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Folklore Society. The American Folklore Society honored him with the Benjamin A. Botkin prize in 1997, recognizing major impact on the field of public folklore, and the Américo Paredes prize in 2010, recognizing a career of excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship.http://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/daniel-sheehy/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Discounted Price for Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border 0 S. Larson Ray Cashman’s new book, Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border, is available for a limited time at a discounted price.  A talented storyteller uses traditional songs, legends, myths, tall tales, jokes, and anecdotes to express himself, critique his society, negotiate his belief in the supernatural, and generally come to grips with the past, present, and possible future in a politically volatile part of the world. For more detail, see http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5539.htm Use discount code "AA054" on the University of Wisconsin Press website. If you order before November 1, it will be a flat $30 (the undiscounted price is $69.95). For those adopting the book for courses, contact Lindsey Meier (lindsey.meier@wisc.edu) who can generate a temporary discount code for your students (beyond the November 1 deadline).  Download high resolution cover, color  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
"NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales With More Firearms, Less Bloodshed" 0 S. Larson The NRA has published a series of reimagined fairy tales in which guns save lives, inspiring some of the organization’s supporters to invent and share their own NRA fairy tales on social media. Find out more here: Camila Domonoske, “NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales With More Firearms, Less Bloodshed,” NPR.org (March 26, 2016), http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/25/471726704/nra-rewrites-fairy-tales-with-more-firearms-less-bloodshed?
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Folkstreams Features Film About the Late Jerry Brown 0 S. Larson   Unbroken Tradition is a portrait of Jerry Brown, a ninth generation potter from Hamilton, Alabama. It looks at the continuation of this family tradition since Jerry's great-great-great grandfather set up his potter’s wheel in Georgia around 1800. The film takes the viewer through the steps of making a churn from digging the clay and preparing it for the wheel with a mule-powered pug mill, to the actual turning and firing of the piece. The film also includes Jerry’s explanation of how he came to the potter’s trade relatively late in life, and the difficulty he has had deciding whether to give up logging to become a full-time traditional potter. The film was shot in 1985 and 1986. Jerry Brown received a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992. Watch the film here: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,30
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
FILM-LEGENDS REVISITED: A CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY 0 J. Allong Haynes A 35 minute, multi-genre, creative documentary. Directed by Joanne Haynes and Ka'en Haynes. Produced by Pepperpot Productions © 2015.   This film explores the re-imagining of storytelling in a modern world and makes the statement that legends are a people’s creative history.      Described as ‘an important work’ by world- renowned folklorist Dan Ben-Amos, Legends Revisited modernizes five Trinidadian legends and weaves them together with text and dramatic characters. Viewers will be nudged into considering two important questions: how do legends  add ‘colour’-that is, meaning, personality, vibrancy- to the black and white ‘facts’ of history and what is the value of legend in shaping identity and connecting people beyond history and geography.   Using the techniques of storytelling, the film explores how the art form of storytelling might be re-imagined for a modern, global world; it employs the vernacular, drama and the unfinished ending of the Caribbean ‘for true?’ storytelling style, while the text and connecting characters work very much like the live storyteller, including the audience by asking questions, injecting thoughts and reaching beyond the boundaries of geography with the universal themes of identity and connectivity. Legends Revisited makes its World Premiere at the Cannes PanAfricain Film Festival – April 16-20, 2016. 
by J. Allong Haynes
Thursday, March 24, 2016
World Storytelling Day Videoconference Links 0 S. Larson The theme of World Storytelling Day 2016 (20 March 2016) was "Strong and Clever Girls and Women." Links to recordings of 2 World Storytelling Day videoconferences -- one hosted by the Bangalore Storytelling Society, the other hosted by the Chennai Storytelling Association – are: Hosted in Bangalore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSeNpNiUEqs&app=desktop Participants: 1) Kiran Shah, in Singapore. 2) Roger Jenkins, in Singapore. 3) Richard Martin, in Singapore. 4) Sandhya Ruban, in Chennai, India. 5) Aparna Athreya, in Bangalore, India. 6) Deeptha Vivekanand, in Bangalore, India. Additional info is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1004793706255677. Hosted in Chennai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDPiA9PCDhw  Participants: 1) Sonia Carmona, in Seville, Spain. 2) María Alejandra Gómez de la Torre, in Peru. 3) Kathy Redman, in Syracuse, New York, USA. 4) Robin Bady, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. 5) Hope Lewis, in Maine, USA. 6) Deeptha Vivekanand, in Bangalore, India. 7) Eric Miller, in Chennai, India. Additional info is at www.storytellinginstitute.org/av.html. The second half of this event featured a collaborative story-composing activity inspired by a photograph and led by Kathy Redman.  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Nick Spitzer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award 0 S. Larson The University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of the Arts will present a SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award to Nick Spitzer, a Tulane University anthropology professor, documentary recording producer, filmmaker and radio host. Spitzer is being recognized for his work with African French Louisiana communities, Creole music and culture. Professor Spitzer was founding director of the Louisiana Folklife Program, helping bring Cajun music and zydeco into the national spotlight during his tenure. In recent years he has been involved in music, cultural diplomacy and academic conferences on comparative cultural policy in China and the U.S. Spitzer currently hosts the weekly public radio show American Routes, which is co-produced at Tulane. The popular show explores a broad range of American music and culture through interviews and documentary features. "I began to do folklore and anthropology fieldwork in Cajun and Creole communities out of my appreciation for the traditional creativity in the lives of the local people and cultures of French Louisiana,” says Spitzer. "Over four decades later, it’s amazing to have the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s appreciation from an arts and culture perspective. Likewise, I continue to enjoy engaging with the growing number of Tulane undergrads and graduate students working in New Orleans and the wider Gulf South region from the perspective of vernacular arts and humanities in this culturally diverse, complex and significant place." The award will be presented at ArTech Fusion, a program that focuses on the relationship between arts and technology, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts March 18. The event is part of the Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of creativity involving ULL students, faculty and community partners. The festival continues Saturday, March 19 when Spitzer serves as Master of Ceremonies for "Zydeco, La-La, Ya-Ya,” a night of music and conversation featuring Lawrence "Black” Ardoin and Tradition Creole along with Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie. To view the original press release: Carolyn Scofield, "Folklorist and Tulane anthropology professor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award,” New Wave (March 15, 2016), https://tulane.edu/news/releases/tulane-anthropology-professor-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award.cfm
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
“The ‘Drug Ballads’ Popular in California” 0 S. Larson "While cartels make parts of Mexico dangerous, their cultural impact is felt over the border in southern California. Narco-corridos, or "drug ballads," are narrative songs where singers tell of imagined or real-life drug war stories. While the songs brag about murder or other violent exploits, some who study narco-corridos say the music is not unlike the gangster rap of the 1990s - reflecting violence that already exists.” Matt Danziko, "The ‘Drug Ballads’ Popular in California,” BBC News (March 17, 2016), http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35404049
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
"How Women Became Seen but not Heard in our Favorite Fairy Tales" 0 S. Larson "Until they were collected by early catalogers Giambattista Basile, Charles Perrault, and The Brothers Grimm, fairy tales were shared orally. And, a look at the sources cited in these first collections reveals that the tellers of these tales — at least during the Grimms' heydey — were women. This fact is at odds with modern critiques of fairy tales; that "Happily ever after" often involves a man saving a helpless woman; that Disney princesses and their Grimm-penned counterparts are tame and silent compared with their princely other halves; that the stories embrace violence but never mention the more feminine grittiness of pregnancy or sex. If fairy tales do so much to oppress women and distort their experiences, why were women sharing them, preserving the warped morality at their center? It's a hairy question, one that must factor in myriad considerations, like internalized misogyny and a desire on the part of the tellers to captivate their audiences, rather than scare them off with challenging new ideas. One popular theory: the Grimms' collection isn't a faithful rendering of the original women's stories.” To read the full article: Maddie Crum, "Unhappily Ever After: How Women Became Seen but not Heard in our Favorite Fairy Tales,” The Huffington Post (March 2016), http://testkitchen.huffingtonpost.com/grimm/
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
“The Remarkable Persistence of the Green Man” 0 S. Larson The following article examines the motif of the Green Man – the face of a man surrounded by an entanglement of stems and leaves – in scholarly and popular literature and belief:   Josephine Livingstone, "The Remarkable Persistence of the Green Man,” The New Yorker (March 7, 2016), http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-remarkable-persistence-of-the-green-man?mbid=rss
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
“How Superman Busted the KKK” 0 S. Larson "In the 1940s, ‘Superman’ was a radio sensation. But after fighting Hitler and Hirohito, writers were looking for a new enemy. That's where Stetson Kennedy comes in. With the Ku Klux Klan gaining popularity, he successfully infiltrated the group in order to divulge its motivations and rituals. Using Kennedy’s research, the writers of ‘Superman’ exposed the group's inner workings in their ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’ series where Superman takes on the KKK.” "How Superman Busted the KKK,” Great Big Story (March 8, 2016), http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/how-superman-attacked-the-kkk?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iref=obnetwork
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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