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Summer Reading List: Ancestors' Novels Make Good Reading

Wednesday, June 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Looking for some summer reading? Try these novels by some of the Notable Folklorists of Color in our field:

  • Zora Neale Hurston
    • Mules and Men (1935)
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
    • Tell My Horse (1938)
  • María Elena Zamora O'Shea
    • El Mesquite: A Story of the Early Spanish Settlements Between the Nueces and the Rio Grande (As told by el Palo Alto) (2000)
  • Ella C. Deloria (Anpetu Wastéwin)
    • "The Sundance of the Oglala Sioux" (1929), published by AFS
    • Speaking of Indians (1944)
    • Waterlily (1988)
  • Jon Y. Lee
    • The Golden Mountain" Chinese Tales Told in California, edited by Paul Radin ([1940] 1971)
  • Lydia Cabrera
    • El Monte: Igbo Finda, Ewe Orisha, Vititinfinda (1954)
    • Los Animales en el Folklore y la Magia de Cuba (1988)
    • Afro-Cuban Tales- Cuentos Negros de Cuba, translated by Alberto Hernández-Chiroides and Lauren Yoder (2004)
  • Jovita González Mireles
    • The Folklore of the Texan Mexican Vacquero (1927)
    • González, Jovita and Eve Raleigh. Caballero: A Historical Novel, edited by José E. Limón and Maria Cotera (1996)
    • Dew on the Thorn, edited by José E. Limón
  • Kathryn Lawson Morgan
    • Children of Strangers: The Stories of a Black Family (1980)

The folklorists listed above were featured in the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee's (CDC) "Notable Folklorists of Color: Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies." First shown at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, this exhibit was developed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the CDC. In this exhibit, curators Dr. Phyllis M. May-Machunda and Dr. Olivia Cadaval highlight 25 scholars of color, ancestors whose significant contributions expanded research in folkloristics and laid a foundation for folkloristic scholarship by people of color in communities of color. 

In June 2020, AFS announced the launch of "Notable Folklorists of Color" as a virtual exhibit. View the exhibit at Notable Folklorists of Color


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