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National Working Waterfront Network to Host Webinar 0 S. Larson The National Working Waterfront Network will host a webinar on June 22 at 3:00 EST on the oral history project, Preserving the Working Waterfront: Stories from the Nation’s Coast.  The NOAA Preserve America-funded project captured ten oral histories from local champions on the frontlines of working waterfront preservation.  During the webinar, Stephanie Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center, will provide an overview of the online collection.  In addition, Amanda Holmes, Fishtown Preservation Society, and Laurie Sommers, folklorist and historic preservation consultant, will expand on their community’s experience using historic preservation and folklore as tools for working waterfront preservation.  Plan to join the webinar on June 22. For more information on the collection, see https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/humandimensions/voices-from-the-fisheries/index or http://www.wateraccessus.com/oralhistory.cfm. To join the webinar, visit the WebEx homepage at: https://www.webex.com/. From there, click on “join” and enter the following Meeting Number: 193 446 623.  To pre-register for the webinar, or if you have any questions, please send an email to Stephanie Otts at sshowalt@olemiss.edu.      ​
by S. Larson
Friday, June 17, 2016
Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. Announces New Website 0 S. Larson Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit is very excited to announce its new website at http://www.oralhistoryandfolklife.org/. The organization is beginning the process of putting up full transcripts of interviews so they can be accessed by researchers and the general public (be patient, it will take some time to get all of them up). You are invited to visit the site and see some of the work Oral History and Folklife Research is doing with their project marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and a new project conducting interviews in immigrant communities. Oral History and Folklife Research is dedicated to preserving, through sound, image and performance, the stories, voices, and cultural traditions of Maine and beyond.
by S. Larson
Friday, June 17, 2016
Lumbee People Sue Anheuser-Busch for Use of Tribal Symbol, Slogan, Regalia 0 S. Larson By Chad Buterbaugh (Maryland Traditions)--At Maryland Traditions this week we've learned about a suit filed by the Lumbee people of North Carolina against Anheuser-Busch over the use of their tribal symbol, slogan, and traditional regalia in a beer ad. The story is here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article83791057.html. This suit is poignant to us because the offending ads included a photo of Lumbee dancer Louis Campbell, a Baltimore resident who performed at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival in 2011. Neither Maryland Traditions nor Edwin Remsberg, who took the photograph, gave permission for the photo to be used in this way. Through a conversation with Louis, it is also clear that the person or people who chose to use the photo in the beer ad made no effort to contact him, or to understand the cultural significance of the regalia and feathers, which are not meant to be coupled with alcohol, as they are in the ad. Moreover, Louis has given permission for us to state here that he does not drink alcohol and is a volunteer at Native American Lifelines, a Baltimore organization whose goal is to "identify the needs of our youth, adults and families to develop programs that enhance creativity, penetrate addictions, and cultivate spirituality" (taken from http://www.nativeamericanlifelines.org/about.html). I send this message to provide context for any other folklorists who might run across this story, or who might have a similar story to share from their own experience. I also would like to express our support for Louis and the Lumbee people and have offered our assistance in whatever way it might be required. Finally, I would like to express our support for our longtime photographer, Edwin Remsberg, whose work has been used without his permission. It is most likely that the misuse occurred via some online transmission - a good reminder to all of us to include attributions when we publish photos, videos, and audio of our work online. We'll certainly be doubling our efforts here!    
by S. Larson
Friday, June 17, 2016
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival Video 0 S. Larson On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Maryland Traditions hosted their annual Folklife Festival. The following video contains some highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFP-rpeO1Vo&feature=youtu.be
by S. Larson
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Folkstreams Features Turtle Stew 0 S. Larson Have you ever wondered when Americans begin eating turtle soup and why they stopped? Probably not....but this noble stew used to be served at presidential inaugurations, on the first transcontinental trains and in crowded boardinghouses across the growing county. Folkstreams is featuring Turtle Stew and many other foodway films by the legendary South Carolina filmmaker Stan Woodward. Go to http://www.folkstreams.net/film,370. Stan visits Jimmy Ogers who shows him how to kill and cook a large snapping turtle in the old fashion way. (Warning this may offend some PETA types.)
by S. Larson
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Special Issue of Ethnologia Europaea Just Released 0 S. Larson The editors of Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology are pleased to announce a new special issue on Muslim Intimacies (46.1). Editors: Marie Sandberg and Monique Scheer Special issue editor: Laura Stark Printed journal: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=300377 E‐journal: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=300378 In every society, individual choice and freedom are shaped at least to some degree by the needs of familial and marital institutions. Currently, negotiations between individuals and families are undergoing transformations due to late modern processes such as recent waves of mass migration, the increasing transnationalism of everyday practices, global commerce in ideas and images, and the expansion of information technology into all corners of people’s lives. Some of the greatest challenges are experienced by Muslim families; the majority of the world’s Muslims live in extreme poverty, and in Europe, anti-Muslim sentiment has found a firm foothold in public attitudes and debates. This special issue explores the dilemmas facing transnational Muslim families as well as those who feel the impact of late modern transformations in societies where they have lived for generations. Five scholarly articles address family dynamics among Muslims in Finland (Anne Häkkinen), Ethiopia (Outi Fingerroos), Italy and Sweden (Pia Karlsson Minganti), Morocco (Raquel Gil Carvalheira), and Tanzania (Laura Stark); these are complemented by the insightful commentary by Garbi Schmidt. The aim of this theme issue is to develop new ways of talking about the links between Islam, family and the individual, which move away from the ethnocentrism of Western concepts and pay greater attention to the desires and goals of those studied. This volume includes two open issue contributions: Magdalena Elchinova scrutinizes identity construction among Orthodox Bulgarians based in Istanbul, and in the context of the post-Fordist “creative city” Ove Sutter analyses the playful and performative protests of activists following the declaration of the so-called Danger Zone 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. About the journal: Ethnologia Europaea is a lively and interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with a focus on European cultures and societies. It carries material of great interest not only for European ethnologists and anthropologists but also for sociologists, social historians and scholars involved in cultural studies. An impression of the areas covered by the journal is reflected in some of the thematic topics of the issues recently published: Muslim Intimacies (2016), Rage, Anger and other Don'ts (2015), Foodways Redux (2013), Imagined Families in Mobile Worlds (2012), Irregular Ethnographies (2011), Performing Nordic Spaces (2010). The journal was started in 1967 and is published biannually. Since its beginning it has acquired a central position in the international and interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars inside and outside Europe. Ethnologia Europaea is an A-ranked journal according to the European Science Foundation journal evaluation (European Reference Index for the Humanities initial list). Since 2015 it is the official print journal of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF). SIEF members receive printed copies of every issue and electronic access to backlist issues older than one year (plus current year). Issues older than three years (plus current year) are Open Access. Ethnologia Europaea is edited by associate professor Marie Sandberg (University of Copenhagen, Ethnology Section) and from 2016, professor Monqiue Scheer (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) has taken over the co-editorship from Regina F. Bendix. Editorial Board: Pertti Anttonen (Finland), Brita Brenna (Norway), Tine Damsholt (Denmark), Anne Eriksen (Norway), Valdimar Tryggvi Hafstein (Iceland), Renata Jambrešić Kirin (Croatia), Ewa Klekot (Poland), Peter Jan Margry (The Netherlands), Máiréad Nic Craith (United Kingdom), Lotten Gustafsson Reinius (Sweden), Per‐Markku Ristilammi (Sweden), Johanna Rolshoven (Austria), Klaus Schriewer (Spain), Laura Stark (Finland), Birgitta Svensson (Sweden), Jean‐Louis Tornatore (France), Bernhard Tschofen (Switzerland) and Gisela Welz (Germany). Contact: Ethnologia Europaea is published and distributed by Museum Tusculanum Press Birketinget 6 DK‐2300 Copenhagen S Mail: info@mtp.dk Tel: +45 3234 1414 For more information visit http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/default_e.asp?. To see the backlist of Ethnologia Europaea please follow this link: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/searchresult.asp?series=j900008&elected Selected back issues are available open access at http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/default_e.asp?.    
by S. Larson
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Free Online Course: “Why We Post: The Anthropology of Social Media” 0 S. Larson The free online course, “Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media,” starts again today. It will be taught by Daniel Miller, Elisabetta Costa, Jolynna Sinanan, Juliano Spyer, Laura Haapio-Kirk, Nell Haynes, Razvan Nicolesu, Shriram Venkatraman, Tom McDonald, and Xinyuan Wang through the online platform FutureLearn. About the course This free online course is based on the work of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months in fieldsites in Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey. What are the consequences of social media? The course offers a new definition of social media which concentrates on the content posted, not just the capabilities of platforms. It examines the increasing importance of images in communication and the reasons why people post memes, selfies and photographs. Over five weeks you will explore the impact of social media on a wide range of topics including politics, education, gender, commerce, privacy and equality. You will come to understand how the consequences of social media vary from region to region. To register and for more information see https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anthropology-social-media.    
by S. Larson
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
"College Magazine's Guide to the Folklore Major" 0 S. Larson  College Magazine publishes a "Guide to the Folklore Major," which includes insight into the types of classes folklore majors can expect to take, internships and career opportunities available, and a few perspectives from students and professionals in the field.  Natalie DaRe, "College Magazine's Guide to the Folklore Major," College Magazine (June 6, 2016), http://www.collegemagazine.com/cms-guide-folklore-major/
by S. Larson
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Great Smoky Mountains Digital Archive Now Online 0 S. Larson In 1916, the U.S. established the National Park Service as an agency of the Department of Interior. One hundred years later, the country continues to reap the benefits of this act.  In 1916, there were nine national parks; today there are 59.  As part of this nationwide centennial, Western Carolina University's Hunter Library is launching Great Smoky Mountains: A Park for America, a digital archive focused on the national park movement and early history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Over the past four years, library staff worked with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and North Carolina's Western Regional Archives (WRA) to select archival material to scan, describe, and upload onto the web for easy access.  The collection is vast with almost 10,000 pages and images accessible online.  These include photographs, historic documents, government reports, maps, surveys of land, letters, journals, booklets, artifacts, and administrative records.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the 22nd national park in the nation. Congress authorized its development in June 1934, the date celebrated as the founding of the park, but the story of how the Smokies went from being a mountain region to a national park began almost a half-century prior to this date.  Surprisingly, the start of this effort was in western North Carolina.  The story begins in 1872, when the U.S. signed into law its first national park, Yellowstone; Yosemite followed in 1890. Before the end of the decade, in November 1899, a group of Ashevillians came together at the Battery Park Hotel with the idea of promoting a national park in the East.  Up until this time, many believed that national parks were a phenomenon of the West, highlighting the dramatic wilderness found there.  The Asheville group argued that western North Carolina was a place of equally dramatic scenic beauty. One of the more interesting documents that can be read online, as part of the digital archive, is a 14-page flier titled, "Legislation Secured by the Appalachian National Park Association."  The flier outlines the early efforts and successes of the Appalachian National Park Association (ANPA), which worked aggressively for six years before disbanding in 1905.  But before its demise, the association firmly established the idea of a national park in the minds of the public and, more importantly, in the minds of Congress and several state legislatures.  In 1900, ANPA submitted a petition to Congress that resulted in a $5000 allocation to fund an investigation to scout out possible sites for a national park, the first legal step to creating a park east of the Mississippi River.  In meeting with Congress, ANPA officers were told that they needed to engage states in the process and they followed up with six state legislatures.  In 1901, North Carolina passed a resolution to purchase land for a park and ceded the right to acquire title to the federal government.  By mid-1901, five other Southern states followed suit.  These legal steps-with North Carolina taking the lead-set the stage to establish a national park that became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The digital archive makes available a collection of almost 100 maps, including several showing proposed park boundaries at various points in time and maps hand-drawn by Horace Kephart.  Over 600 photographs document the activities of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.  Over 300 photographs, drawings, and documents tell the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  Construction photographs show the building of the "Skyway" from Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome and documents relating to the Cataloochee include land surveys, title searches, maps, and interviews with families associated with the community.  While the images are protected by copyright, they can be used for research, education, and personal use.  All images and documents can be found at: digitalcollections.wcu.edu. Anna Fariello, Curator and Project Director Anna Fariello, Associate Professor Hunter Library, Digital Initiatives Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC 28723 828-227-2499 fariello@wcu.edu http://www.wcu.edu/library/DigitalCollections/  
by S. Larson
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Folklorist in the News: "The Quinceañera, a Rite of Passage in Transition" 0 S. Larson The celebration, an increasingly elaborate affair, reflects the changing landscape of Latinos in the United States: Marybel Gonzalez, "The Quinceañera, a Rite of Passage in Transition," The New York Times (June 4, 2016), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/nyregion/the-quinceanera-a-rite-of-passage-in-transition.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
"Huib Schippers Named Next Director & Curator of Smithsonian Folkways" 0 S. Larson "Musician, scholar, educator, and former record store manager Huib Schippers has been named the new Director & Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings effective June 13, 2016." To learn more about Dr. Schippers, view the press release at http://www.folkways.si.edu/news-and-press/huib-schippers-named-next-director-and-curator-of-smithsonian-folkways.
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
New Issue of Cultural Analysis Now Available 0 S. Larson The 2015 volume of Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture is now available and can be viewed and downloaded for free at http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~caforum/.
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
"The Elderly Bearers of a Folk-Music Tradition in Rural Tennessee" 0 S. Larson In photographing old-time musicians in rural Tennessee, Rachel Boillot has become "keenly aware that in her photographs...she is telling stories about storytellers": Katie Ryder, "The Elderly Bearers of a Folk-Music Tradition in Rural Tennessee," The New Yorker (May 22, 2016), http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-elderly-bearers-of-a-folk-music-tradition-in-rural-tennessee?mbid=social_facebook
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
"Ethics and ICH: Share Your Experience" 0 S. Larson There is a new page on "Ethics and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)" available on the website of the UNESCO 2003 Convention, and UNESCO invites NGOs to share their own codes of ethics to further enrich this resource. For more information, go to: "Ethics and ICH: Share Your Experience," Intangible Cultural Heritage and Civil Society Forum (May 27, 2016),  http://www.ichngoforum.org/ethics-and-ich-share-your-experience/
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
"Awake in a Nightmare" 0 S. Larson "From ancient demons to alien abductions, paranormal tales reveal that 'sleep paralysis' may be as old as sleep itself." Karen Emslie, "Awake in a Nightmare," The Atlantic (May 26, 2016), http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/05/sleep-paralysis/484490/?utm_source=nl-atlantic-weekly-052716
by S. Larson
Friday, June 3, 2016
Submissions Invited for Inaugural Edition of Your Portable Home Almanac 0 S. Larson The inaugural edition of a publication entitled Your Portable Home Almanac is being planned for 2017. The almanac will be founded around the basic principles and skills of “living ‘portable’ [which] means living as minimally as is practical and meaningful, being connected to the people places and things that keep you alive and happy, and generally feeling at home wherever you are” (http://www.yourportablehome.com/about/).  U.S. folklore will be an important part of this almanac, and the editor is looking for contributors. Submissions should be 100-300 words (shorter pieces are more likely to be included), and should be written in the contributor's own words. Contributors receive a token payment, and retain all copyright.   More information, including specific guidelines for submission are found at the website http://www.yourportablehome.com/participate/ Please contact the editor, Heidi McDonald, at yourportablehome@gmail.com with any questions. 
by S. Larson
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"Big in Mexico: The Migrants' Saint" 0 S. Larson Juan Soldado ("Soldier Juan”) is the "local hero turned patron saint of undocumented migrants” in Tijuana, Mexico.   Levi Vonk, "Big in Mexico: The Migrants’ Saint,” The Atlantic (June 2016), http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/big-in-mexico/480759/?utm_source=nl-atlantic-magazine-051716
by S. Larson
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Preserving the Working Waterfront: Stories from the Nation's Coast 0 S. Larson The National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN) is hoping to engage people in the oral history and anthropology communities for greater dialogue and collaboration! Working waterfronts are an integral part of the nation’s maritime and cultural heritage and the NWWN has started a process of capturing voices and stories from the waterfront. Please spread the word about this opportunity to learn about the project. Details below and please be in touch with any questions. The National Working Waterfront Network will host a webinar on June 22 at 3:00 EST on the oral history project:   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Preserve America- funded project captured ten oral histories from local champions on the frontlines of working waterfront preservation. During the webinar, project team members will provide an overview of the collection, while a representative from Fishtown, Michigan, will expand on her community’s experience using historic preservation and folklore as tools for working waterfront preservation.    For more information on the collection, see https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/humandimensions/voices-from-the-fisheries/index or http://www.wateraccessus.com/oralhistory.cfm.   To join the webinar, visit the WebEx homepage at: https://www.webex.com/. From there, click on “join” and enter the following Meeting Number: 193 446 623.   To pre-register for the webinar, or if you have any questions, please send an email to Stephanie Otts at sshowalt@olemiss.edu.    You may also contact Natalie Springuel at nspringuel@coa.edu with questions. 
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
"Here's Why Friday the 13th Is Considered Unlucky" 0 S. Larson The only Friday the 13th of 2016 took place last week on May 13th. The following article explores the folklore behind the unlucky day: Melissa Chan, "Here's Why Friday the 13th Is Considered Unlucky," Time (May 12, 2016), http://time.com/4325675/friday-the-13th-unlucky-why/
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
“The Forgotten Racial History of Kentucky’s State Song” 0 S. Larson Though many Kentuckians think of their state song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” as an expression of nostalgia for a happy, carefree home, it was originally marketed as an anti-slavery song. “The Forgotten Racial History of Kentucky’s State Song,” NPR.org (May 6, 2016), http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/05/06/476890004/churchill-downer-the-forgotten-racial-history-of-kentuckys-state-song
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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