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Virtual oral history exhibit celebrating the ADA 0 L. Cashman All are welcome to visit the virtual oral history exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26, 2015).  It is a work in progress, and there will be more material to come. It can be accessed at: http://oralhistoryandfolklife.org/Oral_History_and_Folklife_Research,_Inc/The_ADA_At_25/The_ADA_At_25.html
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 12, 2014
Kithfolk: quarterly digital roots music magazine 0 L. Cashman KITHFOLK is a new quarterly digital roots music magazine published by Hearth Music. KITHFOLK features long-form interviews, engaging articles, video and audio streaming premieres, album reviews, and columns from guest writers. KITHFOLK is a grassroots, DIY operation intended to bring more coverage on true roots music from throughout the world to our readers. See http://www.kithfolk.com/
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 12, 2014
The first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore 0 R. Vanscoyoc In A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy (University Press of Mississippi) Ian Brodie uses a folkloristic approach because the discipline has interpersonal artistic communication and performance at the center of its field of inquiry. This book is the first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore. Because stand-up comedy is a rather broad category, people who study it often begin by relating it to something they recognize—"literature” or "theatre”; "editorial” or "morality”—and analyze it accordingly. But A Vulgar Art begins with a more fundamental observation: someone is standing in front of a group of people, talking to them directly and trying to make them laugh. So this book takes the moment of performance as its focus, that stand-up comedy is a collaborative act between the comedian and the audience. Thus, the communication between the performer and the audience in the moment of performance is placed at the center of the discussion. Although the form of talk on the stage resembles the form of talk among friends and intimates in social settings, stand-up comedy is a profession that requires performance outside of the comedian’s own community to larger and larger audiences. How do they recreate that atmosphere of intimacy in a roomful of strangers? Brodie examines everything from microphones to clothing and from LPs to twitter as strategies for bridging the distances—spatial, temporal, and socio-cultural—between the performer and the audience. A Vulgar Art is illustrated with examples drawn from stand-up comedy performances as well as comedians talking about comedy on stage. This book will be of interest to anyone, including the academic as well as the general reader who is interested in stand-up comedy, humor studies, folklore, popular culture, media studies, or performance studies. IAN BRODIE is associate professor of folklore at Cape Breton University. He has served as president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and is currently the editor for Contemporary Legend: The Journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.For more information contact Clint Kimberling, Publicist (ckimberling@mississippi.edu) Read more about A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1739.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Spiorad na Samhna (Spirit of Samhain): Origins of Halloween Film on Vimeo 0 R. Vanscoyoc This film by Dessie Baker features narration by folklorist Dr. Jenny Butler of University College, Cork, and looks at the origins of one of Ireland's biggest Halloween carnivals. Check it out at http://vimeo.com/101398600.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Bloch International Folk Art Project Comes to North Dakota 0 R. Vanscoyoc Bismarck, ND—The North Dakota Council on the Arts, in July and August 2014, participated in a global art project called Bloch. The project involves a large spruce tree log that is traveling to every continent on earth. The idea is to have communities interact with the log to communicate something to the world. North Dakota represented the North American continent through interaction with folk artists and folk communities. When Bloch came to North Dakota, it was bare. No artistic work was done to it even though it previously traveled to Europe and Asia. So, inspired by the Great Plains American Indian tradition, we interacted with the tree by transforming it into a "global talking stick" to communicate to the world who we are and what we are about. For further details about North Dakota's involvement read the attached press release.As part of the project, a 23-minute documentary was produced showing Bloch's travels throughout North Dakota and the folk artists who interacted with and transformed the log. All the artwork shown on and with the log was done here. Due to time constraints and other factors, not every traditional artist or art form was able to be shown, though all are appreciated greatly. However, all the artists, sponsors, and local coordinators who participated are included in the credits at the end. The video is now available online on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0W1NHf0JHY&list=UUKYnhL22CP3OENrjFAJxQdg.Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed your talents, be it artistic or logistical, to the success of the North Dakota/North American component of this project. Thank you for presenting our area of the world in such a positive way.  Feel free to share this link with whoever you wish.Troyd A. GeistNorth Dakota Council on the ArtsLearn more about the Bloch project at http://bloch23781.com/home/about/.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Etiquette and ethics of live-tweeting academic conferences 0 L. Cashman "Live-tweeting at academic conferences: 10 rules of thumb," Higher Education Blog (October 3, 2014):  http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/oct/03/ethics-live-tweeting-academic-conferences
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014
CFCH Education Resources featured in Smithsonian Education News 0 L. Cashman Three Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage resources were featured in the November issue of theSmithsonian Education News, which reaches about 24,000 educators.   See http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/tools/enews_current.html for:Online Endangered Languages Story Map, Smithsonian Folklife FestivalSmithsonian Folkways Tools for Teachers, Folkways Lesson Plans Folklife and Oral History Guide, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural HeritageFeel free to share and contribute!
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014
Roots Channel: on-demand & live video of music, arts, culture & sustainabil 0 L. Cashman It's time to change music together.Click here to watch my 2.5 minute introduction to The Roots Channel:<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001HIHnazskuIMeytFGRABMJTA5RGHGa1oCMM2wKhIsw2jUqVy-7NmguJcJzgASvYDkha4cCI8vMAjySZ1T93LbIHfrj7cLSX7zYtgi2cKmnizCg7TKSc5OnmqHBzVwBYNUtfhRUPA3nqDm06Z8UTHR5-mv_PKbE4NSSHEvWK2mpAcOj38gWkZ8l7KmcwzbdrSNEAG43hk3dISYOnaEpTUd5Q==&c=yDh3dA2vhDC-ePz_1qZXu_rfyrukh7AehTUomS_Jpbh4M4nQ3b1YSA==&ch=ahCJocZgp_zxLqt1aYwCD3Ce_LAgQDztIudaUC4hFAJuTleRniUZsQ==>Dear Roots Music Fans,Three years ago, I started working on ways to use streaming video to help buildsustainable work for musicians.It's certainly taken long enough - but today I'm proud to formerly announce theofficial launch of The Roots Channel.In one place, The Roots Channel offers streaming on-demand and live videocovering roots music, arts, culture and sustainability topics.  Musician-ownedand operated, we've committed from day one to share 70% of our net revenue withthe artists and content providers we feature on the site.From full length concert movies and documentaries to lessons, workshops and livewebcasts - we've put together a one-of-a-kind resource for lovers of authentic,personal music and arts.There's so much I could say about it, but I thought it would be easier toproduce a small video.  To see what Roots is all about, just click the videolink above.  I'll explain it all :)Thanks so much and I'll see you on the site!Michael ConnollyFounder, The Roots Channel
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 24, 2014
"Over 800 Living Folk Artists Come Together For Massive Iboamerican Exhibit 0 L. Cashman "Over 800 Living Folk Artists Come Together For Massive Iboamerican Exhibition," by Priscilla Frank, HuffingtonPost, 10/17/14: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/17/latin-american-folk-art-_n_5986596.html?utm_hp_ref=arts
by L. Cashman
Monday, October 20, 2014
AFC Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos Project 0 L. Cashman As you may have heard, at the American Folklife Center we’re planning an experimental collection project focused on seasonal festivals starting in about a week. The idea is for people to take photos of Halloween and the other festivals that occur at the end of October and beginning of November, such as Dia de los Muertos, La Toussaint, All Saints, All Souls, Samhain, etc. Then they’ll add a Creative Commons license to the photos and share them on Flickr and other social media with the hashtag #FolklifeHalloween2014. The full set of photos created in this way will automatically be available for browsing to anyone who can get online. In addition, the Library of Congress can create a collection of the best photos, or of all the ones with a license. We’re hoping to develop a fun collection of stirring images, and we could use your help. First of all, we know that many of you are great photographers with connections to communities and their festivals, so we hope you’ll consider participating yourselves. Second, we’d appreciate you getting the word out to all your networks: other ethnographers, of course, but also students, community leaders, photographers, festival organizers, and whoever else you feel is relevant. We’ve posted two blog posts about this at Folklife Today. One gives a detailed overview of the project and what we hope to get from it: http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2014/10/share-your-photos-of-halloween/ The other just gives step-by-step instruction on how to participate: http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2014/10/halloween-photo-instructions/ Please read them, participate, and share this message widely.  Thanks, and enjoy the festive season!Steve Winick
by L. Cashman
Friday, October 17, 2014
I Hear America Singing: Folk Music and National Identity (Temple UP) 0 L. Cashman Temple University PressNew Title in American Studies "I Hear America Singing" Folk Music and National Identity by Rachel Clare Donaldson In "I Hear America Singing," Rachel Donaldson traces the vibrant history of the twentieth-century folk music revival from its origins in the 1930s through its end in the late 1960s. She investigates the relationship between the revival and concepts of nationalism, showing how key figures in the revival--including Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax, Moses Asch, and Ralph Rinzler--used songs to influence the ways in which Americans understood the values, the culture, and the people of their own nation. Read the Introduction (pdf). Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Temple University Press

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by L. Cashman
Friday, October 10, 2014
Recent National Heritage Fellowships posted online 0 L. Cashman Recent National Heritage Fellowships posted on-line: Webcast of the 2014 Heritage Concert -http://arts.gov/lifetime-honors/nea-national-heritage-fellowships/2014-nea-national-heritage-fellowships-concert Art Works blog on Heritage by the numbers - http://arts.gov/art-works/2014/heritage-numbers Radio feature on the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware -http://wamu.org/programs/metro_connection/14/10/03/singing_and_praying_bands_traditions_stretch_back_to_slavery Podcast on 2014 Heritage Fellow Kevin Doyle - http://arts.gov/audio/irish-step-dancer-and-2014-national-heritage-fellow-kevin-doyle Podcast on 2014 Heritage recipients Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware - http://arts.gov/audio/2014-national-heritage-fellow-singing-and-praying-bands-maryland-and-delaware Podcast interview with 2013 Heritage Fellow Chunky Sanchez - http://arts.gov/audio/musician-and-2013-national-heritage-fellow-ram%C3%B3n-%E2%80%9Cchunky%E2%80%9D-s%C3%A1nchez
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
American Folk Art Museum exhibition review: van Genk and Fasanella 0 L. Cashman Roberta Smith, "Visionaries Inhabiting the Margins: ‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ and ‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget,'" New York Times (September 4, 2014): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/arts/design/willem-van-genk-mind-traffic-and-ralph-fasanella-lest-we-forget.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 08, 2014
NPR feature on Bobby Fulcher's efforts 0 L. Cashman Mike Osborne, "In Tennessee, Scenes From A Nearly Lost Musical History," NPR Music (September 7, 2014): http://www.npr.org/2014/09/07/346122723/in-tennessee-scenes-from-a-nearly-lost-musical-history?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140907
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 08, 2014
NEA Statement on the passing of 2008 NEA Fellow Walter Murray Chiesa 0 L. Cashman NEA Statement on the passing of 2008 NEA Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship recipient  Walter Murray Chiesa -http://arts.gov/news/2014/statement-death-nea-national-heritage-fellow-walter-murray-chiesa
by L. Cashman
Monday, September 08, 2014
Native American video games 0 L. Cashman On NPR, All Tech Considered:"Until recently, no video games on the market have told the story of an indigenous people from their perspective. A group of Alaskan natives have partnered with a game developer to change that."http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/23/342554915/native-stories-from-alaska-give-gamers-something-to-play-with
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 25, 2014
New Book by Coralynn Davis: “Maithil Women's Tales” 0 A. Intern University of Illinois Press has published Coralynn Davis’s new book, "Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border.” Davis investigates how female storytellers weave together their own life experiences--the hardships and the pleasures--with age-old themes. In so doing, Davis demonstrates, they harness folk traditions to grapple with social values, behavioral mores, relationships, and cosmological questions. To read the full description and reviews of the book, visit The University of Illinois Press.
by A. Intern
Friday, August 22, 2014
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage's Talk Story Updated 0 A. Intern The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has revitalized the newsletter Talk Story, converting it to a new web-based publication. To view Talk Story, visit: http://www.folklife.si.edu/talkstory/
by A. Intern
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
New Book by Chos bstan rgyal on Tibetan Pastoral Life 0 A. Intern Following the Herds: Rhythms of Tibetan Pastoral Life in A mdo by Chos bstan rgyalThis ground-breaking book provides unique insights into the knowledge and practices that helped pastoralists sustain the grasslands of Tibet for millennia. Following an introduction to the community, its territory, history, and other salient features, local pastoral production and the annual pastoral cycle are described. Remaining chapters deal with the naming, breeding, and management of livestock; wildlife; grassland plants; pasture management; weather prediction; rituals to ensure good fortune; and the treatment of livestock illnesses. Includes two maps, fifteen tables, sixty-six figures, a list of non-English terms with original orthography, and an index.For more information and to purchase a copy, visit here (softcover) or here (hardcover). For a free PDF copy, visit here.
by A. Intern
Friday, August 08, 2014
New Book by Ron Johnson: "North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition" 0 A. Intern The History Press has published Ron Johnson’s new book, "North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition." Author and musician, Johnson shares stories and insights into the folk music of North Florida and those who define the tradition. To read the full description and reviews of the book, visit: The History Press.
by A. Intern
Wednesday, July 30, 2014