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"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
Your Grandmother’s Cherokee Project Helps to Revive Endangered Language 0 S. Larson For the past nine years, Barbara R. Duncan has been working with a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on a method for understanding and teaching the Cherokee language. The result of this work is Your Grandmother’s Cherokee, an online dictionary and language learning program: www.yourgrandmotherscherokee.com. See also: Cameron McWhirter, "Cherokee Look for Ways to Save Their Dying Language,” The Wall Street Journal (February 29, 2016), http://www.wsj.com/articles/cherokee-look-for-ways-to-save-their-dying-language-1456772382 "Saving the Cherokee Language One Speaker at a Time,” The Wall Street Journal Video (February 29, 2016), http://www.wsj.com/video/saving-the-cherokee-language-one-speaker-at-a-time/F3FC27A2-9CDF-4F5A-8DE5-F271CE1F3200.html In May, Duncan and others involved with the project are inviting other tribes to learn about this method and see if they would like to use it with their languages, in an institute at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. If you are working with any American Indian people to revitalize their languages, please email Barbara Duncan at barbaraduncan7@gmail.com.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Centre for English Traditional Heritage Releases Issue 5 of Tradition Today 0 S. Larson The Centre for English Traditional Heritage (CETH) is pleased to announce that Tradition Today Issue 5 has been uploaded to the CETH website and is now available at www.centre-for-english-traditional-heritage.org. Follow any of the relevant links on the Home page to access the Table of Contents. The editors are now actively looking for contributions for the next issue. Please go to "Stylesheet: How to format submissions to this e-journal” at the foot of the Tradition Today contents page for information on how to format and submit contributions.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
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

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