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AFS Folklore and Education Section Announces Winners of the 2017 Dorothy Howard Prize

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The 2017 recipient of the prestigious Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize that recognizes excellent work to incorporate folklore into K-12 classrooms and curricula in all educational environments is the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School’s Yoga and Folk Tales project developed by Daisy Ling and Nisha Arya. This award-winning project’s educational resources include:

  • Yoga and Folk Tales: A Folk Arts Integrated Curricular Unit in the Physical Education Classroom by Daisy Ling of the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School (available at
  • Yoga Tales: Asanas & Animal Fables from India by Nisha Arya (available here)
  • Folk Arts in the Physical Education Classroom: How Folk Tales Enhance the Cultural Meaning of Yoga by Nisha Arya and Daisy Ling (published in the 2011 Journal of Folklore and Education, available on the Local Learning website)

The Yoga and Folk Tales project is an exemplary folk arts integrated learning opportunity for all second-grade students at FACTS that is replicable by educators in other school and community settings to teach yoga skills. It instructs students in how to perform animal yoga poses while they hear, read, and discuss Panchatantra tales, generations-old animal fables composed originally in Sanskrit.

The Dorothy Howard Prize is awarded annually by the Folklore and Education Section of the American Folklore Society. This national prize is given in recognition of excellent projects that encourage K-12 educators or students to use or study folklore and folkloristic approaches in all educational environments. The award was presented to the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School’s educators Daisy Ling and Nisha Arya during the Folklore and Education Section Meeting Thursday October 19, 2017 at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, "Community; Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation,” in Minneapolis, MN.

Dorothy Howard award-winning projects are valuable resources for K-12 and other educators who want to explore the integration of folklore into their classrooms and curricula. For additional information on the Dorothy Howard Prize please go to the AFS Folklore and Education website.

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