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Folklore and Education Websites

Alaskool is a portal website for on-line materials about Alaska Native history, education, languages and cultures, from the Alaska Native Curriculum and Teacher Development Project Team.

Appalachian Media Institute works with young people in Eastern Kentucky on how to use video cameras and audio equipment to document the unique traditions and complex issues of their mountain communities.

CARTS, Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students, is filled with folklore, history, culture, and arts-in-education resources and educational activities from City Lore.

Crossroads of the Hearts Teachers Guide provides activities and information for using the website in the classroom, from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Cultural Maps, Cultural Tours features three documentation tours of local culture by a Madison, Wisconsin 4th/5th grade class: Dane County, Hmong, and Park Street. Each includes a "how we did it” section for teachers, from the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.

The Delta Blues Education Fund is designed to bring together the children and master musicians of the Mississippi Delta for the continuation of the Delta Bluestradition.

Discovering Our Delta: A Learning Guide for Community Research teaches students how to conduct research in their community and to communicate the results of that research to their classmates and others.

Documenting Maritime Folklife by David Taylor is a step by step introduction to what and how to document maritime traditions, from the American Folklife Center.

EDSITEment provides high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies, from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hmong Storycloth Project is a lesson on making a story cloth, from the Museum of International Folk Art.

Kids’ Guide to Local Culture is a downloadable PDF field guide that students can use to explore more than 40 cultural elements in their home communities, from Madison Children’s Museum.

Field Guide to Hmong Culture is a downloadable PDF guide to Hmong culture, from the Madison Children’s Museum.

FieldWorking Online provides a space for our collaborative electronic community to share members' local traditions and histories from around America, from the co-authors of FieldWorking: Reading and Writing Research.

Folklife and Folk Art Education Resource Guide provides introductory information to folklore (folklife), techniques for identifying and including community traditions and tradition bearers in the classroom, a folklife and folk art bibliography, and lesson plans that incorporate folklife and folk art education in the classroom and state core curricula, from the Fife Folklore Archives.

Folklife Resources for Educators is an online portal for educators working in K-12 and undergraduate education. It provides access to resources for teaching about aspects of folklife, culture, and the traditional arts, with a focus on place-based and community-based teaching materials and is compiled by staff at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress..


Folkwriting offers lessons on place, heritage, and tradition for Georgia classrooms, from Valdosta State University.

Learning from Your Community by Gail Matthews and Don Patterson, is a downloadable PDF curriculum guide based students’ documentation of the effects of Hurricane Hugo, from the South Carolina Folk Arts Program.

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education is a network of hundreds of people interested in engaging young people with their own traditional culture and with the local culture and folklore of their families, regions, and the larger world.

Louisiana Voices offers cutting edge tools for classrooms to explore communities and traditions, from the Louisiana Folklife Program.

Masters of the Building Arts Activity Guide is a downloadable PDF that lets young people explore the artistry and skill of master craftworkers in the building trades and their important contributions to our architectural heritage, from the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Mariachi Education Resources is designed for the mariachi student or researcher, from by California mariachi musician and teacher, Laura Sobrino.

Montana Heritage Project is dedicated to teaching young people to think clearly and deeply about the world they face through exploration of their communities – its place in national and world events, its relationship to the natural environment, and its cultural heritage as expressed in traditions and celebrations, literature and arts, economic practices, responses to crises, and everyday life.

Museum of International Folk Art offers many different curricula such as Carnaval!, A Handmade Planet, Cerámica y Cultura, Dressing Up, Tibetan Culture in Exile, Hispanic Folk Arts and the Environment, Hats and Headdresses, and Resist Dye Techniques.

Newfoundland and Labrador Salt Fisheries Digital Exhibit provides access to a wide variety of images, texts, video and audio clips, and links all related to the salt-fish processing industry and way of life that were the backbone of Newfoundland for over 400 years, from Canada’s Digital Collections Program.

North Country Folklore Online is an online library of the folklore and traditional arts of New York State's North Country, which includes the Adirondack Mountains and St. Lawrence River Valley. A great place to sample the rich living heritage of customs and creative expressions in this special place, from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.

Sound Portraits Education Program highlights a series of youth portraits created by teens, provides a study guide to the award-winning portrait Ghetto Life 101, and provides a tutorial on how to record your own radio documentary, from Sound Portraits Productions.

Teacher Curriculum Guides and student magazines on Chinese, Lao, Maritime, Mexican-American, and traditional arts of Oregon, from the Oregon Folk Arts Program.

A Teacher’s Guide to Kentucky Folklife is a downloadable PDF, from the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Teachers’ Guide to Local Culture is a downloadable PDF that has a detailed introduction and lesson plans on home remedies, rites of passage, storytelling and foodways. It is the companion to the "Kids’ Guide to Local Culture,” from the Madison Children’s Museum.

Wisconsin Folks is an on-line interactive resource for 4th/5th grade students about artists who highlight their cultures and traditions in their art, from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Wisconsin Weather Stories is an interdisciplinary curriculum that features the science and stories of weather, from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the University of Wisconsin.





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