Getting Started: How Do
I Do Folklife?
range of activities, practices, beliefs, ideas, and behaviors that can
be designated "folklife" is as broad, deep
and wide-ranging as human creativity and existence themselves. Folklife
reflects and shapes our relationship with the world and others who inhabit
that world. There is no end to the everyday and intimate creativity that
all of us share and pass on to the next generation. This means the traditional
songs we sing, listen and dance to; the ways we celebrate life, from birthing
our babies to honoring our dead; our personal and collective beliefs; and
many other things besides.
The sections of this Web site will direct you to Center-sponsored
programs and Library-wide activities, including training programs and education
workshops. It will also help you find selected publications about carrying
out folklife research.
These programs and products are grounded
in the aims
and methods of folklore, anthropology, history, and ethnomusicology,
among other disciplines. They demonstrate how to integrate personal interactions
and community-based collaboration with library research in the study
community, society, and culture.