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Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South
07/09/2019
Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South

Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South

Tim Duffy started Music Maker Relief Foundation to support blues musicians lost to time and poverty. He's also photographed their portraits for a new book, compilation album and museum exhibition.

Southern Foodways Alliance
07/08/2019
Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Foodways Alliance

"Collectively, these stories of lives in service to the region show and tell how everyday folk have bridged divides of race and class and gender, rejiggered definitions of Southern culture, and charted a path forward for us all." - John T. Edge

Florida Folklife Program
07/05/2019
Florida Folklife Program

Florida Folklife Program

Friday Food for Thought: Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn #reggae into a global sensation—one that would eventually reach all the way to the country their ancestors had left behind.

Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University
07/04/2019
Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University

Folklore and Folklife Studies at Penn State University

Congrats to PSH’s Jeffrey A. Tolbert, whose co-edited volume The Folkloresque was recently featured on New Books Network with his co-editor Michael Dylan Foster (UC Davis).

Traditionally country music is perceived to be a primarily white genre in which the African American influences of the g...
06/14/2019
The Bitter Southerner

Traditionally country music is perceived to be a primarily white genre in which the African American influences of the genre have been silenced. 'Old Town Road' provides insight into this. #DiversityInCountryMusic #AfricanAmericanInfluences #LilNas #OldTownRoad #WhatIsFolklore

Yep. Lil Nas X is still shut out from Billboard’s country charts. Today, Dr. Joycelyn Wilson shares thoughts on how his “Old Town Road” shines light on the decades-long influence African Americans have had on country music.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
06/12/2019
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

As an expert on black cowboys in the American West, Dom Flemons has been asked to comment quite a bit on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” He felt this article was the the best and most comprehensive piece yet on this cultural moment:

“When one understands that ‘country’ music is a marketing genre and that black country people are a culture, one begins to peel away the layers of perception and the definitions of who should be playing a certain type of music and why... This is the main reason most people would never associate black music and country music as having the same root ...As a 21st-century musician, I have not found a need to limit my interests or my music to arbitrary lines set 100 years ago."

The New York Times
05/29/2019
The New York Times

The New York Times

Lonnie Bunch will be the first historian and the first African-American to oversee the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and research centers.

Rhiannon Giddens and what folk music means 🎵🎶🎵 #FolkMusic #WhatIsFolklore
05/14/2019
North Carolina Arts Council

Rhiannon Giddens and what folk music means 🎵🎶🎵 #FolkMusic #WhatIsFolklore

The New Yorker's new profile of Rhiannon Giddens masterfully ties together her music's connection to so many of our state's tradition bearers, including North Carolina Heritage Award recipients Joe and Odell Thompson and Shelia Kay Adams. Take some time to read this one folks!

With that sweet cabin escape, who wouldn't want to be Baba Yaga? #BabaYaga #CabinEscape #TheDream #FolkloreThursday
04/25/2019

With that sweet cabin escape, who wouldn't want to be Baba Yaga? #BabaYaga #CabinEscape #TheDream #FolkloreThursday

Dare to dream...

04/24/2019

The Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University is pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Margaret R. Yocom Student Paper Prize is Timothy Rogers for his paper “Claiming the Witch’s Cave: Basque Identity through the Legends of Barandiarán.” The 2019 Margaret R. Yocom Student Paper Prize honors the best student paper written about folklore at George Mason University during 2018.

This year’s submissions demonstrated the wide-ranging work of folklore students at Mason. The committee unanimously agreed that the award should go to Timothy Rogers. Rogers’ paper was a well-researched exploration of Basque legendry as represented in the work of one important collector of Basque folklore. Rogers’ paper offered a nuanced treatment of the role of supernatural narratives in the development of Basque regional identity and nationalism.

Timothy Rogers is a first-year student in Mason’s MAIS program in folklore studies.

The prize committee also awarded undergraduate English major, Ashleigh Houff, an honorable mention for her paper, “Immortalizing a Feeling: How Taxidermy Speaks in a Virginia Hunting Community.”

FolkloreThursday
04/11/2019
FolkloreThursday

FolkloreThursday

Nazis, Trolls and the Grateful Dead: Turmoil among #Sweden’s #Folklorists by #RonaldMJames for #FolkloreThursday

03/28/2019

Hey, folkie friends! Have some free time Thursday afternoon? Join one of our faculty members, Dr. Benjamin Gatling, at his talk tomorrow on 'Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikstan'! #IslamicStudies #WhatIsFolklore #Tajikistan #Sufi #ExpressiveCulture

Details below:

Thursday, March 28th 1:30pm
Enterprise Hall 318
Conference Room

Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2010 and 2014, Dr. Gatling highlights the range of expressive forms- memories, stories, poetry, artifacts, rituals, and other embodied practices- Sufis employ as they try to construct a Sufi life in twenty-first century Central Asia. He argues that Sufis transcend the oppressive religious politics of contemporary Tajikistan by using expressive forms to inhabit multiple times: the paradoxical present, the Persian sacred past, and the Soviet era. This lecture shows the intricate, ground level ways that Muslim expressive culture intersects with authoritarian politics, not as artful forms of resistance but rather as a means to shape experiences of the present.

Have you heard your name in an owl's hoot? Has there been a banshee outside your window? Chances are you've experienced ...
03/09/2019
Death Salon

Have you heard your name in an owl's hoot? Has there been a banshee outside your window? Chances are you've experienced a death omen. #DeathOmens #WhatIsFolklore #TheOnion

‪People need to know that early detection is the key to preventing omen-foretold deaths‬.

In this time where the industrialized textile industry is the main way we get cloth, this woman is making a living as tr...
02/23/2019
100 Days in Appalachia

In this time where the industrialized textile industry is the main way we get cloth, this woman is making a living as traditional weaver. #AppalachianFolkways #Weaving #MakingALiving

"I always knew someday I wanted to be a weaver; that just felt right to me.”

One creature of legend is apparently back in Virginia! 😉#Legends #BigFoot #Cryptids #Sightings #LegendaryCreatures
02/22/2019
Winchester Now

One creature of legend is apparently back in Virginia! 😉#Legends #BigFoot #Cryptids #Sightings #LegendaryCreatures

🚨*Breaking*🚨
Bigfoot is BACK! It’s a little blurry, but make no mistake: Bigfoot has been captured in another photo in Virginia. 👣

A little late for #FoodwaysFriday, but here's a delicious recipe to try out over the weekend! #AppalachianFoodways #Salt...
02/16/2019
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A little late for #FoodwaysFriday, but here's a delicious recipe to try out over the weekend! #AppalachianFoodways #SaltRisingBread #Noms

Salt Rising bread has a long history in Appalachia. Typically, people outside of the region have never heard of it.

The bread often brings to mind a variety of distinctive scents and grandmothers tending to a time-intensive dough in a wood-heated kitchen.

Some inspiration for our #LoveStories event later on this month! #GMUFolklore #AnythingCanBeLove
02/15/2019
Southern Cultures

Some inspiration for our #LoveStories event later on this month! #GMUFolklore #AnythingCanBeLove

For this February day, we sat down with local podcast hosts Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer of This Is Love and Criminal. The two talked to us about what can make a love story—from Diet Coke to clarinets to the color blue.

Folklore Programs at George Mason University
02/05/2019

Folklore Programs at George Mason University

Love Stories
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Have you found your Mr. Darcy? Or maybe your very own Jane Eyre? Or perhaps your love story didn’t have a happy ending and resembles that of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. If you’ve lived the greatest love story never told, come pour your heart out at Fall for the Book and Folklore Roundtable’s open mic night. You’ll have 5-7 minutes to read your most intimate, funny, tragic tales of the heart. Then, through our tears and laughter, we’ll make a toast to LOVE (and free refreshments!)

Doors open at 7 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Reserve your free ticket today: https://www.eventbrite.com/signin/?referrer=%2Fmyevent%3Feid%3D54534973574

New Location: Old Town Hall: 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA

The Postmenopausal Fairy Tale
02/05/2019
The Postmenopausal Fairy Tale

The Postmenopausal Fairy Tale

In fairy tales, you can open up a wolf and find an old woman. When you find an old woman in a fairy tale often she is tucked deep inside the folds of an underworld. Somewhere the psyche grows intuition like wild mushrooms.

Louisiana Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development - LAMCD
01/29/2019

Louisiana Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development - LAMCD

The image below was shared last Monday, by Friday it had reached 1 million people and another half million over the weekend. If you are one of the many respondents, please leave a comment about how you might use this information in your personal and or professional life. Dwayne Jacobs, Licensed Professional Counselor #TakeYourShot #HelpsOnTheWay

Check out today's #GoogleDoodle as it celebrates Earl Scruggs! #EarlScruggs #NeverTooMuchBanjo #PickingPioneer #ScruggsS...
01/11/2019
Google

Check out today's #GoogleDoodle as it celebrates Earl Scruggs! #EarlScruggs #NeverTooMuchBanjo #PickingPioneer #ScruggsStyle

Celebrating Earl Scruggs! #GoogleDoodle

Got some free time the Tuesday before classes start? Check out this talk about the displaced families of the Shenandoah ...
01/10/2019

Got some free time the Tuesday before classes start? Check out this talk about the displaced families of the Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal!

The history of Displaced Families in the Shenandoah National Park is a program being presented soon. Mark your calendars now for this important date. #VirginiasShenandoahValley #VAhistory

Farmers' Almanac
01/01/2019
Farmers' Almanac

Farmers' Almanac

Did you know that, according to New Year's folklore, eating anything that forms a circle—such as donuts—leads to good fortune in the coming year? Check out some of these crazy superstitions to improve your luck!
#HappyNewYear

All things come in threes'. #WinterSolstice #FullMoon #MeteorShowers #Folklore
12/21/2018
Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

All things come in threes'. #WinterSolstice #FullMoon #MeteorShowers #Folklore

DENVER -- There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower. The winter solstice -- when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere -- happens at 3:23 p.m. Friday and marks the start of winter. Frid...

Happy #FolkloreThursday, y'all!!
12/20/2018

Happy #FolkloreThursday, y'all!!

#Snow Queens and Winter #Witches from Around the World by @DeeDeeChainey for #FolkloreThursday...
#winter #yule #Christmas https://buff.ly/2PN1EDa

This May, join rural artists and community leaders from across the nation in the Mississippi Delta for the Rural Generat...
12/19/2018
SHARE YOUR PERSPECTIVES AND IDEAS

This May, join rural artists and community leaders from across the nation in the Mississippi Delta for the Rural Generation 2019 Summit. The Summit presents a historic opportunity to consider the practices, projects, institutions, and funding priorities that build equity for rural communities and Indian Country.

You are invited to contribute to a national survey to help refine the strategy of engagement at the Rural Generation Summit and inform our field building efforts.

Please share your ideas by January 7 and find the survey below: https://goo.gl/forms/0EATTOXX0Ol3nrDv2

Rural Generation is a coalition of Art of the Rural, ArtPlace America, the Center for Rural Strategies, First Peoples Fund, the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Springboard for the Arts. The initiati...

12/03/2018

Please join us at the Library of Congress in the Pickford Theater on December 4 (5-7 PM) for a public screening by students of Prof. Lisa Gilman’s course “Public Humanities, Digital Storytelling, and Public Folklore”!

GMU graduate students collaborated this semester with the Virginia Folklife Program, Maryland Traditions, and the Sandy Spring Museum to produce short digital stories about local folklife practitioners from Maryland and Virginia! Directions to the event will be in the comments section below!

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We are a RSO on the GMU Fairfax campus dedicated to bringing the glory of Folklore study to the wider community through storytelling events and bringing guest folklorists to campus. We also have casual gatherings of students in the Folklore program to discuss our interests outside the classroom.

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