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You Will Find Useful Resources in the Folklore Wiki

Friday, May 24, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Bridges

by Ben Bridges (Indiana University) -- As part of a summer internship with AFS, I’ve been impressed by what I’ve found as I’ve reviewed and tweaked some parts of the AFS website, particularly the Folklore Wiki. I had never really used the wiki except for the “Where to Study Folklore” page—I’d wager my experience is not unlike that of my fellow graduate students! But I’ve got to say, there’s some great and relevant content on the wiki.

In combing through the site, I stumbled upon Caroline Marshall’s 2004 report on environmental stewardship and cultural conservation. As someone whose research interests revolve around human interactions with the environment, I was delighted to find this expansive document that covers individual and cultural case studies, larger societal environmental trends, and suggestions for how to foster constructive collaborations between communities and institutions in the name of conservation. It’s the kind of document I wouldn’t have necessarily come across in a conventional article database but is still highly pertinent to my research interests.

I downloaded the document, took some notes about it, and kept scrolling through the wiki. A few clicks later, I found myself on a page filled with teaching resources. I had heard that the Smithsonian offered downloadable lesson plans (which is conveniently linked on the page), but I didn’t know that many states and organizations have similar guides and multimedia tools that could help enhance my pedagogy. Louisiana’s folklife program, for example, has a number of lesson plans and activities for teaching folklore. Even though I’m working with undergraduates instead of K-12 students, many of the documents are still quite helpful to me. The wiki page also pointed me to the folklore syllabus reserve that AFS maintains, which is aimed at undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

And though I’m not personally a public folklorist, there are a great number of pages and links to resources for those of us in the public sector.

Let me tell you, there’s some pretty cool stuff on the wiki. I’d highly recommend checking out some of the resources posted in there and, if you’re so inclined, adding some yourself!


Kay F. Turner says...
Posted Monday, May 27, 2019
Thank you, Ben for the encouragement to get with the Wiki! I'm going to get to the Marshall article--Kay Turner

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