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North Carolina Folklore Society Invites Nominations for Brown-Hudson Folklore Awards

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The North Carolina Folklore Society Awards program celebrates the work of individuals and groups that contribute to the transmission and appreciation of cultural traditions in our state. The program also encourages the study and presentation of state folklife.

The Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Award--named for two distinguished folklorists and officers of the North Carolina Folklore Society, Frank C. Brown of Duke University and Arthur Palmer Hudson of the University of,North Carolina at Chapel Hill--recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the fields of traditional culture and folklife in North Carolina. Brown-Hudson Folklore Award winners are traditional artists, scholars, activists, or artists who document folklife, and include musicians Doc and Merle Watson, Etta Baker, Tommy Jarrell, Bill Myers, and Lonnie Ward, playwright Paul Green, sculptor Vollis Simpson, preserver of rare apples Lee Calhoun, lowrider and Lowyalty Car Club member Ruben Olmos, documentary filmmaker Neal Hutcheson, African-American quilters Lillie Lee and Jennie Burnett, folk potters Nell Cole Graves and Burlon Craig, teachers Carmine Prioli, Cratis Williams and Charles G. Zug, writers Richard Walser and John Parris, and folklife advocates Alex and Elizabeth Albright, Millie Blankenship and George Holt.


The Community Traditions Award honors the organizations, groups, guilds, event organizers, singing and other performing groups that engage in or support the state's folklife and traditional culture. Recent recipients include the Warrenton-based Heritage Quilters, Student Actions with Farmworkers, and the Green Grass Cloggers.


The North Carolina Folklore Society celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year with a host of activities, including a Folklife Festival in downtown Carrboro on September 28, 2013. This year's Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the festival.


For details and information about how you can support this landmark Centennial event visit


To nominate persons or organizations for these awards, send a completed nomination form and supporting materials to NCFS Awards Committee, c/o Ray Linville, 845 Saint Andrews Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Completed nominations must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday, July 15, 2013. For additional nomination forms, contact Ray Linville at the address above, call 910-255-0273, or request a form by email

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