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“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 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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
“When Did Northwesterners Stop Speaking Chinook Jargon?” 0 S. Larson The following article takes a look at the history and current usage of Chinook Jargon, or Chinuk Wawa, a now endangered language that was once widely used in the Pacific Northwest as a means of communication between white traders and the Chinook tribe. *Liz Jones, "When Did Northwesterners Stop Speaking Chinook Jargon?” KUOW.org, February 21, 2016, http://kuow.org/post/when-did-northwesterners-stop-speaking-chinook-jargon  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Amy Shuman Receives OSU’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching 0 S. Larson The Center for Folklife Studies at the Ohio State University is pleased to announce that Amy Shuman has received the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is the university’s most prestigious teaching award, and recognizes a maximum of ten faculty members for their teaching excellence each year. Recipients are inducted into the Academy of Teaching. A committee of students, previous recipients, and alumni choose the awardees. Amy was nominated by a group of her current and former graduate students. Her innovative, intellectually challenging coursework and her infinitely supportive coaching have inspired countless folklore students over the years.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
James P. Leary’s Red Carpet Stance at the 58th Grammy Awards! 0 S. Larson James P. Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin and recently nominated AFS Board member, owns the red carpet at the 58th Grammy Awards: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/professor-james-p-leary-attends-the-58th-grammy-awards-at-news-photo/510460396 Leary’s Folksongs Of Another America: Field Recordings From The Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, produced by Dust-to-Digital and University of Wisconsin Press, was nominated for "Best Album Notes." To see a complete list of this year's Grammy award-winners and nominees, go to http://www.grammy.com/nominees.
by S. Larson
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The 2016 Florida Folk Heritage Award Winners 0 S. Larson Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner has announced the 2016 Florida Folk Heritage Awards! This year’s winners are: Lucréce and Louinés Louinis (Broward County) as artist-advocates of Haitian culture; Paco and Celia Fonta (Miami-Dade County) as artist-advocates of Spanish culture; Ed Long (St. Johns County) as a Folklife Advocate of maritime history and culture; and Serge Toussaint (Miami-Dade County) as a folk artist and muralist. The Florida Department of State, Florida Folklife Program, presents Folk Heritage Awards annually to citizens who have made long-standing contributions to Florida’s cultural heritage by perpetuating community traditions. Nominations are accepted annually by October 1 and are reviewed by the Florida Folklife Council. Like the National Heritage Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards honor the state’s most influential tradition bearers for excellence, significance, and authenticity. Additional information, including photos and bios about each award winner, is available on the Folklife Program’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1073766509356110.1073741835.269125086486927&type=3 If you would like to make a nomination, details may be found here: http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/florida-folklife-program/folk-heritage-awards/
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
“Executive Director Cristina Balli Ends Tenure at Texas Folklife” 0 S. Larson Austin, Texas – January 28, 2016 – Cristina Ballí, executive director of Texas Folklife, has announced that she is stepping down as of February 1.  Ballí took over the reins of the organization in 2012, and had been program and associate director since 2009. Prior to 2009, Ballí was program director and project coordinator for the South Texas region for Texas Folklife. Before her work with Texas Folklife, Ballí directed the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito where she oversaw the successful building and openings of the San Benito History, Texas Conjunto Museum Hall of Fame and Freddy Fender Museums. She was also a producer for the Rio Grande Valley public radio station KMBH/KHID where she hosted a weekly arts news segment and produced radio documentaries. Ballí is fluent in Spanish, holds a bachelor degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and is a native of Brownsville. Ballí led the organization through difficult times—but Texas Folklife landed on its feet in a new location with expanded office, exhibition, and event space; revamped long dormant programs; continued and grew successful statewide programs, including the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, Festival of Texas Fiddling, and Stories from Deep in the Heart; produced several media projects; and received major grants from prestigious national organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts. One of the programs that prospered greatly under Ballí’s tenure is the Big Squeeze Contest. When  Ballí took that program on as associate director in 2010, there were eight contestants statewide. By 2015, the number of contestants increased to an average of 30 a year, with a total of over 200 contestants in the program’s history. Along the way, she developed and nurtured strong partnerships with other non-profits throughout the state: Conjunto Heritage Taller in San Antonio, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts in Houston, McDonald Library in Corpus Christi, and La Joya and Los Fresnos Independent School Districts in the Rio Grande Valley. The contest brought statewide and national acclaim through networks of music teachers, legendary musicians, strong organizational partnerships, and a great deal of media attention—from the Valley Morning Star to the New York Times, from KUTX to NPR, from live TV broadcasts in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and the Valley.  "I will miss all the friends, colleagues, and contacts I have made throughout the state and, indeed, the country in this role,” Ballí said. "I will certainly miss my Superstar Texas Folklife Team—Charlie Lockwood, Eugenio Del Bosque, and all our contractors, interns, and volunteers. Please support them and the board of Texas Folklife as they carry on the mission of this organization. It has been on of the greatest challenges and joys of my career to serve as Executive Director of Texas Folklife. Muchas gracias and blessings to you all.” Texas Folklife is supported by the members and Board of Texas Folklife, the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and the Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment, Stillwater Foundation, Shield Ayres Foundation, Humanities Texas, and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. View the original press release at http://texasfolklife.org/article/executive-director-cristina-balli-ends-tenure-at-texas-folklife.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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