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Grammy Award Nominee Jim Leary Featured in Inside UW 0 S. Larson Jim Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin, recently received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Album Notes” for his work on “Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946.” The UW Press and Dust-to-Digital Records co-produced the project. Leary reflects on the project and other aspects of his work in the following article: Brooks, Susannah. “Folklorist (and Grammy nominee) Jim Leary Reflects on Studying, Sharing Midwest Culture.” Inside UW. December 16, 2015: http://news.wisc.edu/folklorist-and-grammy-nominee-jim-leary-reflects-on-years-studying-and-sharing-midwest-culture/  
by S. Larson
Monday, January 04, 2016
Small Scottish Knitwear Studio Draws Attention from Major Fashion Designer 0 S. Larson This recent article, published in Bloomberg, covers the story of Mati Ventrillon, whose traditional Scottish knitwear recently inspired Chanel:   Tufnell, Nicholas. "Inside the Tiny Scottish Knitwear Studio that Chanel Couldn’t Resist.” Bloomberg. December 15, 2015: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-12-15/the-fair-isle-knitwear-made-by-mati-ventrillon-that-seduced-chanel
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Sagnagrunnur Map Database of Icelandic Folk Legends Is Now Available 0 S. Larson Sagnagrunnur is a geographically mapped database of the main published collections of Icelandic folk legends. The work on the database was started in 1999 by Professor Terry Gunnell, then lecturer in folkloristics at the University of Iceland. Inspired by the work of the late Swedish folklorist, Professor Bo Almqvist of University College Dublin, the form of the eventual database was decided in close cooperation with Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir at the Arnamagnean Institute in Iceland. This new version of the database (from 2014) is the end result of an intensive re-structuring of the database which now includes geographical mapping of a large number of the place names in the database. The re-design and the mapping work was carried out by Trausti Dagsson as a MA-project in public folklore at the University of Iceland. The database now involves a distribution map of published Icelandic legends, and is connected to both the homes of the original storytellers and collectors and those places mentioned in the legends (which can still be found). Most of these legends come from collections that were made between the middle of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. This project has been funded by RANNÍS (the Science Council of Iceland), the University of Iceland and Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur. Check it out here: http://sagnagrunnur.com/en/.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Handcrafted Art Traditions 1 L. Cashman Handcrafted Art Traditions has welcomed several new artists in 2014 and 2015. Most recently, we've added pillows with their covers woven in the Zapotec rug tradition by Francisco and Laura Bautista of Oregon and dolls made by Native Alaskan artists Ursula Paniyak-Irwin, Susie Nayamin, Sophie Charlie, and Annie Hurlbut. It's very rewarding to promote the work of our diverse and accomplished group of folk and traditional artists from Western states.Recently I switched our website from one platform to another. Besides listing our items under the artists' names, I got to divide our catalog into categories like "Your Home" and "Rainbow Collection." I hope it proves more user-friendly than the previous set-up. The address: www.handcraftedarttraditions.com.Please contact me with any questions or ideas: georgiawier@gmail.com. Best wishes, Georgia (independent folklorist and owner of Handcrafted Art Traditions)
by G. Wier
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Learn About CERF+: An Organization Dedicated to Aiding Artists in Need 0 S. Larson CERF+ was founded in 1985 as a mutual aid organization to assist professional craft artists who were in dire need due to emergency circumstances beyond their control. It has since evolved to provide information about, and training in, emergency preparedness, coordination with national responders during national or regional emergencies, and research. A core function of the organization is still providing grants, loans, brokered assistance for tools, equipment, service and technical assistance to individual artists who have experienced distress as a result of such challenges as fires, floods, hurricanes, accidents, and/or health issues. Keep this organization in mind if you become aware of craft artists who are experiencing difficulties of this sort. Here are links to CERF+’s websites: http://craftemergency.org/ http://studioprotector.org For more information, contact: Barry Bergey9818 Parkwood Drive Bethesda, MD 20814 301/493-9404 (h) 301/655-9738 (c) bergeys@comcast.net
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hand Crafted Art Traditions, online gallery/shop 0 L. Cashman test
by L. Cashman
Friday, December 11, 2015
Bill Ferris Interviewed for North Carolina Public Radio 0 S. Larson Bill Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was recently interviewed for a North Carolina Public Radio program. In the interview, Ferris talks about growing up in rural Mississippi and his work as a folklorist. The interview is available here: http://wunc.org/post/meet-bill-ferris-preserving-voices-south#stream/0.  
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Daniel Patterson on "What Is Folklore?" 0 S. Larson Daniel Patterson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses what folklore is and why it is significant in this brief video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e91mXzsvXlc
by S. Larson
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Folklorist Cited in 9/11 Rumor Story 0 S. Larson A recent article published in The Week cites Janet Langlois’s "’Celebrating Arabs’: Tracing Legend and Rumor Labyrinths in Post-9/11 Detroit” (Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 118, No. 468, Spring 2005). Follow the link below to check it out: Jacobs, Tom. "How the Lie that American Muslims Cheered on 9/11 Began.” The Week, December 2, 2015: http://theweek.com/articles/591651/how-lie-that-american-muslims-cheered-911-began.
by S. Larson
Monday, December 07, 2015
ALHFAM Launches New Website 0 S. Larson After a great deal of work by Webmaster Blake Hayes and Board members Heidi Glatfelter Schlag and Matt Miller, the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) is happy to announce that on December 1st  ALHFAM launched its new and improved website, still at alhfam.org. The changes are much more than cosmetic, with a substantial improvement in usability. Among other benefits, including access to the ALHFAM Skill and Knowledge Base (ASK), on-line conference registrations, and member forums, the website will incorporate a new system for managing memberships.   Realistically, despite the best intentions, there may be a few bumps along the way. A series of help documents are available to help you learn about the new system and its many features.  You may access it directly through the website at http://alhfam.org/news/3632552. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with Webmaster Blake Hayes, or any of the ALHFAM Board members.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
American Routes Presents National Heritage Fellows Past and Present 0 S. Larson Each year, the public radio program American Routes celebrates the long Thanksgiving weekend with a sonic cornucopia from the National Heritage Fellows. Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented the fellowships - America's most prestigious award for folk & traditional arts. In Hour 1, you will hear music and conversation from Fellows in years gone by, like Doc Watson, Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Ralph Stanley, B.B. King, Flaco Jimenez and New Orleans' own Treme Brass Band. In Hour 2, the 2015 Fellows perform, many live from the stage at George Washington University, including the Gee's Bend quilters, a circus aerialist, Piedmont bluesman, klezmer musicians, mariachis and more. The full program is available at http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/931/from-home-page.
by S. Larson
Monday, November 30, 2015
Results of MEMORIAMEDIA Project Now Available 0 S. Larson Intangible Cultural Heritage: MEMORIAMEDIA e-Museum: Methods, Techniques and Practices by Filomena Sousa (MI Portugal, 2015) is now available as a free download (in both English and in Portuguese): http://www.memoriamedia.net/index.php/pci-e-memoriamedia. MEMORIAMEDIA aims to study, inventory and disseminate manifestations of intangible cultural heritage. These include oral expressions, performative practices, celebrations, traditional craftsmanship and knowledge concerning nature and the universe. The results of the project are organized as a national inventory and published on http://www.memoriamedia.net, where they are freely available for consultation and sharing. MEMORIAMEDIA began in 2006, in the midst of a broad national and international discussion regarding the issues of intangible cultural heritage. This book crosses such theoretical, methodological and technical questions with the characterization of MEMORIAMEDIA. Filomena Sousa is a Postdoctoral researcher in Anthropology (FCSH/UNL) and holds a PhD in Sociology (ISCTE-IUL). She is a member of the FCSH/UNL "Institute for the Study of Literature and Tradition - heritage, arts and cultures" (IELT - Portugal) and an adviser of the Memória Imaterial – the non-governmental organization that created and manages the MEMORIAMEDIA project. She develops research projects in the context of policies and instruments for identifying, documenting and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and has directed several documentaries about cultural expressions.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Documentary on the Origin of Halloween Selected for Babel Film Festival 0 S. Larson Spiorad na Samhna (Spirit of Samhain) – a documentary film on the origin of Halloween – has been selected for the Babel Film Festival – an international festival that promotes minority languages. Babel will take place in Sardinia, Italy, in early December. In this year's program, featured languages range from Cree, Innu and Kurdish to Sámi, Swahili and Yazidi, and include European languages like Basque, Welsh, Catalan, Ladin and Sardu. Spiorad na Samhna traces the origins of Ireland's biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to the troubled years of the 1980s. It also traces the origins of Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler, from the Folklore Department at University College Cork, narrates the film. Earlier this year, Spiorad na Samhna won Best Short Documentary Award at the Underground Film Festival in Cork, Ireland. It can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/101398600. 
by S. Larson
Thursday, November 19, 2015
New Book Examines Scandinavian Seasonal Customs in the Rocky Mountain West 0 S. Larson In Pole Raising and Speech Making: Modalities of Swedish American Summer Celebration, author Jennifer Eastman Attebery focuses on the beginnings of the traditional Scandinavian Midsummer celebration and the surrounding spring-to-summer seasonal festivities in the Rocky Mountain West during the height of Swedish immigration to the area--1880-1917.   Combining research in folkloristics and history, Attebery explores various ways that immigrants blended traditional Swedish Midsummer-related celebrations with local civic celebrations of American Independence Day on July 4 and the Mormons' Pioneer Day on July 24. Functioning as multimodal observances with multiple meanings, these holidays represent and reconsider ethnicity and panethnicity, sacred and secular relationships, and the rural and the urban, demonstrating how flexible and complex traditional celebrations can be. Providing a wealth of detail and information surrounding little-studied celebrations and valuable archival and published primary sources--diaries, letters, speeches, newspaper reports, and images--Pole Raising and Speech Making is proof that non-English immigrant culture must be included when discussing "American" culture. It will be of interest to scholars and graduate students in ethnic studies, folklore, ritual and festival studies, and Scandinavian American cultural history. Cloth: $39.95 Adobe Digital Edition Ebook*: $31.95 ISBN: 978-0-87421-998-2 Pages: 208 Illustrations: 17   The book can be ordered at: https://cdcshoppingcart.uchicago.edu /cart/ChicagoBook.aspx?ISBN=978-0-87421-998-2&press=utah_state. The Press is having an anniversary sale, so use promo code 50FOR50 at check out to get 50% off.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Call for Recipes for Ethnic American Cooking 0 S. Larson Lucy M. Long, director of the Center for Food and Culture in Bowling Green, Ohio, is compiling a cookbook, Ethnic American Cooking, based on the 2-volume encyclopedia, Ethnic American Food. The cookbook reprints recipes from the encyclopedia, but some ethnic groups still need recipes representing them. Dishes selected should be significant to the ethnic group in some way, and recipes can illustrate the processes of adaptation and acculturation that occur in the U.S. (That means substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients are included.) Long is looking for individuals who have familiarity with these food cultures and the ways in which they are being adapted in the U.S. to submit recipes. (They will receive a free copy of the cookbook--$38 value.)  Collaborations are welcome, and recipes based on ethnographic fieldwork or personal experience are ideal. An e-book version can include videos demonstrating the recipes. The deadline for recipes is Nov. 29, 2015. Please email LucyL@foodandculture.org if you are interested in any of the nationalities below. This list focuses on African cultures, but there are others needed as well. Africa--eastern: Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, Zimbabwe Africa--middle: Angola, Central African Republic (CAR), Equatorial guinea, SaoTome & Principe Africa—southern: Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland Africa—western: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Saint Helena Africa—northern: Libya, Western Sahara
by S. Larson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Mississippi Folklife Goes Digital 0 S. Larson Mississippi Folklife, a project of the Mississippi Arts Commission, has re-imagined its earlier print publication as a digital journal that will feature publications on contemporary Mississippi folklife and cultural heritage. To learn more about the publication, visit http://www.mississippifolklife.org/about.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
AIR Launches Localore: Finding America 0 S. Larson Localore: Finding America is “a network of journalism experiments designed to create new storytelling models and connect new audiences to public media with principal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting” (CPB Media Room). Localore: Finding America consists of 15 projects that will focus on communities across the United States whose voices are underrepresented in the media. To learn more about the project, see: CPB Media Room: http://www.cpb.org/pressroom/release.php?prn=1259 Air Productions: http://airmedia.org/localore/  
by S. Larson
Friday, November 06, 2015
The Atlantic Explores “The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies” 0 S. Larson In "The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies,” Mike Mariani takes a look at the history of the zombie from its Haitian roots to its popularity in American popular culture.   The article can be accessed at http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/how-america-erased-the-tragic-history-of-the-zombie/412264/?utm_source=nl__link3_103015.  
by S. Larson
Monday, November 02, 2015
University of Texas Press Republishes Indian Tales of North America 0 S. Larson Tristram Potter Coffin’s Indian Tales of North America: An Anthology for the Adult Reader, which is Volume 13 of the American Folklore Society Bibliographical and Special Series, is once again available from the University of Texas Press. It will be published as a paperback through the Press’s print-on-demand program and also as an e-book. The AFS will receive royalties for any copies that are sold.   To learn more about the book, or to order a copy, visit http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/coffin-indian-tales-of-north-america.
by S. Larson
Monday, November 02, 2015
"Academia, Not Edu" Post Exposes Threat to Open Access 0 S. Larson Kathleen Fitzpatrick, associate executive director and director of scholarly communication for the Modern Language Association, recently published a blog post expressing her concerns about Academia.edu – a popular, social networking site, which allows scholars to connect and circulate their academic works. While Fitzpatrick praises the spirit of open access facilitated by this model, she exposes Academic.edu as a non-educationally affiliated "dot-com” that is actually a "hindrance to the flourishing of other mechanisms for author-side sharing of work such as institutional repositories.” Follow the link below to read the full post: Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. "Academic, Not Edu.” Planned Obsolescence. Weblog. 26 October 2015. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/academia-not-edu/.
by S. Larson
Thursday, October 29, 2015

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