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2014 Annual Meeting: Tours, Workshops and Other Special Events

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

8:30 am—5:00 pm

Tour: New Mexico Fiber Arts Tour

Led by Laura Marcus Green and Carol Cooper, the tour will visit two Hispanic weaving studios and provide time to meet in small groups with artists. (more information coming soon)

9:00 am—5:00 pm

Tour: High Road Tour

Claude Stephenson's tour will include stops at Sanctuario de Chímayo, Truchas, Trampas, and a number of other sites. (more information coming soon)

Tour: Pueblo Pottery Firing with Robert Tenorio

Tony Chavarria will lead this tour to Santa Domingo Pueblo. (more information coming soon)

11:00 am—4:00 pm

Workshop: Experiments in Exhibition
(at the Museum of International Folk Art)
Sponsored by the Museum of International Folk Art, the Folklore and Education Section, and Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education

Have you ever had the urge to write on the walls?

Talk back to a label? Slam an exhibit? Hack a museum?

Would you especially love to do all this in the premier museum in our field?

Inspired by Ethnographic Terminalia, "a curatorial collective that exhibits new forms of anthropology engaged with contemporary art practice” (, the Folklore and Museums Policy Working Group proposes a new multi-year project to be held in conjunction with AFS annual meetings.Experiments in Exhibition, developed each year by an open-call curatorial collective of folklorists, will explore theories and methods at the crossroads of museums and folklore studies. This year, the Experiments in Exhibition collective hosts a 1/2 day workshop exploring a radical new way of prototyping exhibits. This method envisions exhibits as experimental labs, nimbly responsive to visitor/community input and engagement, rather than as fixed art and texts on walls. Led by internationally acclaimed "museum hacking” consultant Kathleen McLean, the workshop examines the value of prototyping to generate ideas quickly and affordably and to gather immediate visitor feedback. The Museum of International Folk Art’s famed Girard Wing will serve as the site of this experimental case study.

Leaders: Carrie Hertz (Niagara University, Castellani Art Museum) and Suzanne Seriff (Gallery of Conscience, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM)

Registration: $50.00, lunch provided

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(Maximum number of participants: 25)

3:00 pm—5:30 pm

Concert: Puro Corazón: Sounds of the Southwest and Latin America
(Convention Center: Sweeney A/B)

Sponsored by the Chicano and Chicana Section and the Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano y Caribeño Section

Inditas, corridos, Nueva Canción…listen to these musical genres and others performed by local and regional musicians singing their heart out to the sounds of the harp, accordion, guitar, and drums. Inspired by the 2014 AFS Annual Meeting theme, "folklore at the crossroads,” and with the aim of showcasing Southwestern, Latin American, and in particular, New Mexican folk music, this fundraising concert will introduce and contextualize the mixture of indigenous and European influences characterizing much of the featured music.

Our very special guests will be Cipriano Vigil and Arturo Montoya; David F. García and Jeremías Martínez; Brenda Romero and Enrique Lamadrid; Chuy Martínez and Oti Ruiz; and part of a New Mexican musical family: Juan Sebedeo Lucero, Clorinda Aragon y Lucero, Rosa Lucero y Garcia, and Peter J. García. The concert seeks to enhance the public’s knowledge of the rich creativity of Latino communities, while fundraising for the next year’s concert featuring Latinos in Long Beach, California, where the 2015 AFS annual meeting will take place.

Cipriano y Arturo: New Mexican Nueva Canción

Cipriano Vigil (Northern New Mexico College), Arturo Montoya (Northern New Mexico College)

New Mexico Folk Music and Original Compositions

David F. García (University of Texas, Austin), Jeremías Martínez (New Mexican artist/composer, Truchas, NM)

Historical and Traditional Music of the Southwest

Brenda M. Romero (University of Colorado, Boulder), Enrique Lamadrid (University of New Mexico)

Mexican, Chicano, and Latin American Music

Chuy Martinez (The City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department/Community Events), Oti Ruiz (community cultural worker of New Mexico)

Songs Performed by a New Mexican Musical Family

Peter J. García (California State University, Northridge), Juan Sebedeo Lucero (New Mexican folk performer), Clorinda Aragon y Lucero (New Mexican folk performer), Rosa Lucero y Garcia (New Mexican folk performer)

Tickets: $10 (advance online sales only)

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Workshop: Using OHMS to Index Oral Histories
(Convention Center: Ohkay Ohwingeh)

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section

Since its inception, efficient access to oral history in an archival setting has been challenging and expensive. In the absence of a verbatim transcript, the user/researcher must, typically, listen to each moment in an interview in order to determine the potential for relevant information discovery.The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has developed OHMS to create an easy way to index interviews and provide users an efficient and effective interface for navigating online oral history collections for a fraction of the cost of transcribing.OHMS creates an environment for indexing or annotating an online oral history interview, creating searchable segments, which correspond to the time-code of the audio or video recording. A search of an OHMS index will not only yield the relevant textual results, it will also connect the user to the corresponding moment in the audio and video. Additionally, OHMS incorporates controlled vocabularies as well as the ability to embed hyperlinks or GPS coordinates, connecting moments in the oral history interview to additional outside resources such as photographs or maps. In 2011, the Nunn Center received a National Leadership Grant from IMLS to make OHMS open source and publicly available to other institutions. Many institutions are already working in OHMS as the grant project is nearing successful completion. This workshop will explore the process of using OHMS to index and present oral histories online.

Example of an interview presented in the OHMS Viewer:

Leader: Doug Boyd (University of Kentucky Libraries, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History)

Registration: $10

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

4:15—6:00 pm

Walking Workshop: Writing at the Crossroads
(departing from the Convention Center lobby)

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Section

This creative writing workshop and tour will take participants out of the conference hotel and on a writing walk through the landscape of Santa Fe. As we explore the city, the workshop leaders will provide writing prompts and ask participants to stop and write, channeling the ambiance, culture, and landscape of the city.Writing and walking have a long history of inspiring creativity. Virginia Woolf had great creative moments walking the London streets. Charles Dickens' pace of writing increased when he regularly took walks. Recently, Harryette Mullen released a collection of Japanese tankas written while walking outside. This workshop will engage with this tradition of aerobic creativity while also considering place and our surroundings. Participants should bring a notebook and writing utensil, and be prepared to write!

Leaders: Christine J. Widmayer (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Margaret R. Yocom (George Mason University)

Registration: $10 (free for Creative Writing Section members)

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(Maximum number of participants: 20)

Workshop: Hands On with the Folklore Collections Database and the Ethnographic Thesaurus
(Convention Center: DeVargas)

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section

This workshop provides attendees with a hands-on introduction to the use of the Ethnographic Thesaurus ( and the Folklore Collections Database ( of National Folklore Archive Initiative project. This workshop demonstrates the practical application of the Ethnographic Thesaurus controlled vocabulary across a range of contexts encountered by researchers, archivists and librarians. In addition attendees will work with the Folklore Collections Database to learn effective search strategies for accessing content on the public-facing side of the resource, as well as receive training to use the database's back-end tools to describe institutionally-held collections. Participants should bring their own laptops. Preregistration is encouraged but not required.


Bert Lyons (American Folklife Center) and Steve Green (Western Folklife Center), Hands On with the Folklore Collections Database

Cathy Kerst (American Folklife Center) and Margaret Kruesi(American Folklife Center), Hands On with the Ethnographic Thesaurus

Registration: Free

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:00—9:00 pm

The Dan Crowley Storytelling Concert:
Dovie Thomason: Walking the Branching Path
(Convention Center: Sweeney A/B)

Sponsored by the Storytelling Section

Dovie Thomason is a noted professional storyteller of Kiowa Apache, Lakota, and Scottish lineage, who has worked extensively in the intra-tribal worlds of reservation schools and pow-wows, and also in the extra-tribal worlds of revival storytelling festivals, libraries, public schools, and universities. As her stories are bound in a web of traditional obligations and sacred responsibilities she has had to thread a complex path to maintain the integrity and intentionality of her work. In this storytelling concert, Dovie will tell a selection of her traditional tales, framed by reflections on her sources and on the ethics of intra-tribal and extra-tribal tradition-bearing in the contemporary world.

Tickets: $15, $10 for Storytelling Section members
(advance online sales only)

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8:00 pm—12:00 am


(Convention Center: Sweeney E/F)

More information coming soon.

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