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New release: Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita 0 L. Cashman Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and RitaEdited by Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet and Carl LindahlISBN 978-1-61703-796-2, hardback, $35How distressed citizens created their own salvation when official recourse failedSecond Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita (University Press of Mississippi) chronicles the brave and creative acts through which Gulf Coast people rescued their neighbors during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In the tradition of New Orleans second lining, ordinary citizens joined in with whatever resources they had. Unlike many of the official responders, vernacular rescuers found ways around the paralysis and were able to dispel unfounded fears produced by erroneous or questionable reporting.The essays, personal narratives, media reports, and field studies presented here all have to do with effective and often ingenious answers that emerged from the people themselves. Taken together, these reports provide a perspective remarkably different that reported by media outlets seven years ago.The first part of this collection deals with Gulf Coast rescuers from outside stricken communities: those who, safe in their own homes and neighborhoods, marshaled their resources to help their fellow citizens. The second part of the book features the words of hurricane survivors displaced from New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities to Houston, Texas. In many cases, the "victims” themselves were the first responders, rescuing themselves along with family, friends, and strangers. All of the stories, whether from "outside” or "inside” responders, reveal a shared history of close-knit community bonds and survival skills sharpened by hard times.Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita is the first book to focus on the local people, inside New Orleans and from the nearby coastal regions. Each part of this book articulates and documents the power of vernacular response. It is about what went right in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita—in spite of all that went so wrong.With contributions from:François Ancelet, Josef Brown, Charles A. Darensbourg, Mike Davis, Jocelyn H. Donlon, Jon G. Donlon, Nicole Eugene, Anthony Fontenot, Ernest J. Gaines, Glenda Harris, Sidney Harris, Chantell Jones, Robert LeBlanc, Glen Miguez, Shari L. Smothers, Dave Spizale, Angela Trahan, and Vincent TrotterBarry Jean Ancelet holds the Willis Granger and Tom Debaillon/BORSF Professorship in Francophone Studies and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of numerous books including Cajun and Creole Music Makers and Cajun Country (University Press of Mississippi). Marcia Gaudet is professor emerita in English at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and author of Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America (University Press of Mississippi). Carl Lindahl is a professor of English and folklore at the University of Houston and author of Cajun Mardi Gras Masks and Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi).For more information contact Clint Kimberling, Publicist, ckimberling@mississippi.eduRead more about Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1556
by L. Cashman
Monday, June 03, 2013
First Nations Films distributes Aboriginal documentaries 0 L. Cashman FIRST NATIONS FILMS distributes and creates award-winning television Aboriginal documentary films and videos for, by and about First Nations people. Our exclusive educational native programs are shared with schools, universities, libraries, organizations and other groups and institutions throughout the world. Please visit our website for a complete list and video highlights from each film: www.firstnationsfilms.com THE MEDICINE WHEEL LIFE ON THE RESERVE NATIVE YOUNG! UNBOWED WHOSE LAND IS THIS? MAKING TREATIES ROLE MODELS BEAT OF THE DRUM NATIVE WOMEN: POLITICS RECLAIMING OUR CHILDREN THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS LIVING IN TWO WORLDS SLEEP DANCER THE STORYTELLERS THE PIPEMAKERS SACRED BUFFALO PEOPLE THE MEDICINE PEOPLE
by L. Cashman
Monday, June 03, 2013
Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum Guide 0 L. Cashman Mary Margaret White, folk arts coordinator of the Mississippi Arts Commission, announces publication of a new online interdisciplinary guide that explores Mississippi history through the blues. Tied to arts education standards as well as social studies and Common Core standards, the lessons offer deep connections to the arts. Esteemed historians, folklorists, and educators contributed to this project supported by the Mississippi Blues Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Designed for 4th-grade, the materials are easily adaptable up to grade 12 and will be of interest to educators and students around the country, not only in Mississippi. Audio, video, and photography from the Association for Cultural Equity's Alan Lomax Archive and the William R. Ferris Collection at the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill enrich the guide. This partnership makes available high-quality field recordings from two well-known blues documentarians. Because the resources are streamed online, users do not have to worry about large downloads or access to YouTube, iTunes, etc. Download at www.msbluestrail.org/curriculum. Contact her at MMWhite@arts.ms.gov.
by L. Cashman
Monday, June 03, 2013
Estonia and Poland. Creativity and tradition in cultural communication. 0 L. Cashman A set of comparative articles about creativity and tradition in cultural communication in Estonia and Poland has been published by ELM Scolarly Press. The set consists of two volumes, Volume 1 concentrating on jokes and humour, and Volume 2 on identity creation.Web Shop:http://www.kriso.ee/estonia-poland-creativity-tradition-cultural-communication-db-9789949490202i.html (Volume 1)http://www.kriso.ee/estonia-poland-creativity-tradition-cultural-communication-db-9789949490776i.html (Volume 2)Estonia and Poland. Creativity and tradition in cultural communication. Volume 2:Perspectives on national and regional identityISBN 978-9949-490-77-6 (Vol. 2, printed version)ISBN 978-9949-490-78-3 (Vol. 2, web version)Key words: identity, narratives, media, folklore, cultural sudiesPaperback:  248 pagesLanguage: EnglishEditors: Liisi Laineste, Dorota Brzozowska & Władysław ChłopickiTartu: ELM Scholarly PressPublished: May 2013The focus of the book is on the role of creativity and tradition in contemporary Eastern Europe, with Estonia and Poland as cases in point. The volume of articles  addresses diverse narratives in the Eastern European cultural space as they occur in various types of media. Parallel research articles by scholars from a wide range of  fields seek to provide a novel perspective on the ongoing discussions of identity in these rapidly changing societies. Research material for Volume 2 "Perspectives on national and regional identity” is drawn from a variety of sources, both contemporary, e.g. advertisement campaigns, urban legends, cookbooks, etc. and archival, especially folklore materials. The analysis of culturally significant narratives helps to specify their role in the construction of collective identity. The results of the studies demonstrate that both national and regional identities are at least partly determined by concepts and stories shared by the people, but at the same time they are the products of external variables, such as public policies or globalisation.Contents:A. Lubecka National identities on display. The role of advertisements in the management of Polish national identityE. Kalmre "Rumours and contemporary legends as part of identity creation process"M. Wójcicka "Urban legends in Poland"M. Kõiva "Calendar feasts: Politics of adoption and reinstatement"A. Lubecka "Polish ritual year – a reflection of Polish cultural policy"R. Järv "A hen who doesn’t lay golden eggs?! Fairy tale advertisements and their strategies"M. Wójcicka "Oral textual patterns in modern advertising"E. Annuk "Culinary discourse: Organic food in Estonia"W. Zarski "Culinary identity as the determinant of cultural distinctiveness in Silesia and the Vilnius Region"M. Sarv "Traditional Estonian lullabies. A tentative overview"K. Sikora, B. Zebrowska "Traditional Polish lullabies"U. Lehr "The transcendental side of life. Aquatic demons in Polish folklore"M. Kalda "Hidden treasure lore in Estonian folk tradition"M. Izykowska "Money as an object of desire in Silesian folklore"
by L. Cashman
Monday, June 03, 2013
Claire Schmidt interviewed by NPR about fried chicken and stereotypes 0 L. Cashman MU's Dr. Schmidt was interviewed by NPR recently about fried chicken and stereotypes: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/05/22/186087397/where-did-that-fried-chicken-stereotype-come-fromFollow the Missouri Folk Arts Program on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Folk-Arts-Program/380611024828 Follow the Missouri Arts Council's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/missouriartscouncil        The Missouri Folk Arts Program is a collaboration between the Missouri Arts Council and the Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Missouri. http://mofolkarts.missouri.edu
by L. Cashman
Friday, May 31, 2013
Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore 53 0 L. Cashman For a selection of articles about Folklore and Internet, Munchausen-stories and more, see the latest Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore 53 at http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol53/.*To what Extent are Jokes Reactional? (Based on a Joke Cycle about Yury Luzhkov’s Dismissal)by Anastasiya Astapovadoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.astapova* Funny or Aggressive? Failed Humour in Internet Commentsby Liisi Lainestedoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.laineste* On the Role of Visualisation in Understanding Phraseologisms on the Example of Commercialsby Anneli Barandoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.baran* Click ‘Like’ and Post It on Your Wall! Chain Posts on Facebook – Identity Construction and Valuesby Piret Voolaiddoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.voolaid* Death and Bereavement on the Internet in Sweden and Norwayby Anders Gustavssondoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.gustavsson* The Peasant Poor and Images of Poverty: Finnish Proverbs as Discursive Representations of Cultural Knowledgeby Eija Starkdoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.stark* On Reality, Truth and Ideologies in the Case of Munchausen Talesby Eda Kalmredoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.kalmre* Enigma as a Literary Device in Native American Folklore: Jarold Ramsey’s Analysis of Two Clackamas Chinook Talesby Daniel J. Frimdoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.frim* You can also read an Interview with Hungarian folklorist and ethnologist Mihály Hoppál on the occasion of his 70th jubilee by Nikolay Kuznetsovdoi:10.7592/FEJF2013.53.kuznetsov* Pick up some bookreviews and shorter news in the field.
by L. Cashman
Friday, May 31, 2013
Publore discusses Disney effort to trademark Dia de los Muertos, and more 0 L. Cashman Find publore postings in the publore archives at http://list.unm.edu/archives/publore.htmlOther topics that generated discussion in the May 2013, week 2 collection:Digital audio editing/joining questionFund for Folk Culture articlemusings on culture from Watertown 3 weeks after Boston bombings..........scam?
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 13, 2013
Karen and Alan Jabbour interviewed on Alabama Arts Radio 0 L. Cashman In the Alabama Arts Radio Series, Joey Brackner interviews Karen and Alan Jabbour:  http://arts.alabama.gov/actc/1/listserverindividual/20130512jabbor.htm
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 13, 2013
New issue of "Play and Folklore" journal 0 L. Cashman Play and Folklore (formerly the Australian Children's Folklore Newsletter) has released a new issue, which can be read on Melbourne, Australia's Museum Victoria website at http://museumvictoria.com.au/pages/43935/playandfolkloreno59april2013web.pdf
by L. Cashman
Monday, May 13, 2013
Bess Lomax Hawes on "Folklore and Power" 0 L. Cashman See publore at http://list.unm.edu/archives/publore.html (subject: Bess Lomax Hawes lecture tape?) for a discussion of a recently found tape from the 1980s of Bess Lomax Hawes on "Folklore and Power”; Barry Bergey provides quotes, with permission, from the draft of the speech "Folklore and Power" dated 6/24/88.
by L. Cashman
Friday, April 26, 2013
Discussion of The Folklorist NewTV on publore 0 L. Cashman A request for content ideas for NewTV's "The Folklorist" has generated an ongoing discussion on publore. See the publore archives at http://list.unm.edu/archives/publore.html The Folklorist NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media. NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community. NewTV Original Programming Presents The Folklorist > NewTV The Folklorist, an award winning television program exploring the iconic and lesser-known historical occurrences in our world's history, is currently seeking ... https://www.newtv.org/folklorist/casting-call/ The Folklorist is NewTV's upcoming television pilot program exploring the iconic and lesser-known historical occurrences in our world's history. Hosted by John Horrigan and produced by NewTV, The Folklorist offers a captivating look at the stories that will forever inspire us. NewTV's Original program The Folklorist is now the proud recipient of a Boston/New England EmmyR Award in the category of Outstanding Promotion Program-Single Spot. If you have an interesting piece of folklore that you'd like to share, email folklorist@newtv.org with the details. 617.965.7200 newtv@newtv.org
by L. Cashman
Friday, April 26, 2013
Troubadour, a song by Jack Warshaw for Pete Seeger 0 L. Cashman  A song by Jack Warshaw in honor of Pete Seeger's birthday. (This embed uses a Windows media plug in.) You can also play it on YouTube, with images added, at http://youtu.be/P_RBt_WGuRY Credits:Music and Lyrics: Jack Warshaw12 String guitar and banjo: Jack WarshawBacking vocals: Jack WarshawBass: Bart WarshawEdit and Mastering: Bart Warshaw
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World now on Kindle 0 L. Cashman Solimar Otero's Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World  (University of Rochester Press, 2010) is now available in an affordable Kindle edition, with new reviews.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
H-Net seeks support to expand free services 0 L. Cashman From H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online:This is just a quick reminder that H-Net is conducting its Spring donations drive to help us complete the work on our new platform.  We are very grateful for the generosity of so many loyal H-Net readers! The platform's development is going along very well -- a trial version of basic features is at:http://networks.h-net.organd we have been testing a development prototype that looks quite impressive.Creating this new platform will enable us to expand our services and still keep them free, including Reviews, the Job Guide, and Announcements, as well as the moderated discussion forums.Twenty years ago H-Net opened up a new world of contacts and engagement with my peers that I could only dream about while in graduate school. We want to make that same powerful connection for new generations of scholars and students.If you have not yet taken the opportunity to assist us with this exciting adventure, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us maintain sufficient resources to carry on the work by visiting:https://www.h-net.org/donations/Thank you for supporting H-Net!
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Maine sardine cannery slide/audio presentation 0 L. Cashman A slide/audio presentation on the last Maine sardine cannery, "Everybody Had Their Own Rhythm": http://www.mainetraditions.net/MaineTraditions.net/Everybody_Had_Their_Own_Rhythm__The_Maine_Canneries..html
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
"From Shore to Shore" exhibit videos on YouTube 0 L. Cashman Videos on YouTube from the  exhibit "From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester," produced by ArtsWestchester, in collaboration with Long Island Traditions:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_e1oluHdU&list=PL_pPoNArok3vXDLuZJHQvWhUOdC99FsdG
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Interview with North Dakota state folklorist Troyd Geist 0 L. Cashman Interview with North Dakota state folklorist Troyd Geist: http://theartspartnership.net/artspulse/a-chat-with-north-dakota-state-folklorist-troyd-geist/
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Moving Tales -- interactive digital storytelling content 0 L. Cashman Greetings American Folklore Society, from Moving Tales!     In recognition of our common love of stories, we think you might be curious to learn about the world of Moving Tales.    At Moving Tales, we’re committed to creating rich, resonant content for new and emerging technologies by engaging mindfully, creatively and playfully. We create interactive digital storytelling content for adults and children alike for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch and include among our productions the acclaimed Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross.  This story is the first in our series of Classic World Tales - a collection of dynamic and imaginatively interpreted and adapted stories inspired by age old folk tales from around the world.  The story is beautifully narrated in three languages, fully animated, and includes the option to record you own telling.      We are interested in exploring the ways in which emerging technologies can add new dimensions to the world of storytelling, and the ways in which these technologies might be used to further define and shape story sharing experiences in the 21st century.   We’re also excited to announce the  re-release of our home grown interactive children’s story Elly’s Lost and Found Sounds as a Free Web App, now available to anyone who has a web browser.   Please join us in this, our latest collective experiment in the making of reflective and deep media experiences, as Moving Tales looks to further explore the value of stories in meaningful and engaging ways     If you are curious to learn more about what we’re up to, sign up for our newsletter and explore our STORY THREADS blog at Moving Tales. We look forward to sharing and exploring the rich world of timeless tales both old and new with you.    Long Live STories!   Jacqueline O Rogers Moving Tales Inc. - Bringing Stories to Life www.moving-tales.com
by L. Cashman
Monday, April 22, 2013
Collaborative text on "Subjecting History" 0 L. Cashman From the Linked In Oral History list:Subjecting History is a collaboration between professional scholars and the public to explore the way that we individually and collectively interpret events from the past. This collaboration occurs at http://www.subjectinghistory.org.In this interactive forum, seventeen scholars – mostly historians, butalso others – have published articles on history and the way it is studied,commemorated, remembered, and contested. We are currently inviting scholarsand members of the public to visit this website and comment on the papersthat are of interest to them. Our purpose is to explore how we can build amore democratic process for understanding the past and its role in societytoday. Ultimately, the contributors will reflect on the contributions madeby commenters, and the project will be published by Ohio University Press.Please visit Subjecting History, comment, and share news of thiscollaborative text among colleagues and the communities that you work with.
by L. Cashman
Monday, April 22, 2013
NPR Airs Story on New Recordings of Child Ballads 0 R. Vanscoyoc NPR recently aired a story on contemporary recordings of Child ballads—one featuring long-time AFS member, Indiana University professor, and Child-ballad expert Mary Ellen Brown. To listen to the segment or read the story, please click here.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 22, 2013


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