Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Black Lives Matter & Music: Documenting Contemporary Culture A panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to the book "Black Lives Matter and Music" looked towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. The 2018 scholarly volume "Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection" collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to...
    • Contributor: Martin, Alison - Shonekan, Stephanie - Orejuela, Fernando
    • Date: 2019-06-05
  • Film, Video
    Conversation: Black Lives Matter & Music A panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to the book "Black Lives Matter and Music" looked towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. The 2018 scholarly volume "Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection" collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to...
    • Contributor: Martin, Alison - Shonekan, Stephanie - Orejuela, Fernando
    • Date: 2019-06-05
  • Film, Video
    Dick Spottswood: Mini Symposium The renowned discographer, researcher, author, broadcaster and scholar of folk and ethnic music Dick Spottswood participated in a two-part event at the Library, featuring an interview about his career and accomplishments followed by a panel with prominent Washington area folklorists, ethnomusicologists, discographers and archivists highlighting his numerous contributions to American music.
    • Contributor: Spottswood, Dick
    • Date: 2019-05-14
  • Film, Video
    Traditional Arts & Resilience in Later Life Folklorist Jon Kay explores the ways that traditional arts help older adults find resilience in later life. Elders who practice folk and traditional arts are often celebrated for their work supporting community life and the continuation of important cultural traditions, but rarely do we explore how these practices support elders as they age. This presentation centers on how everyday expressive practices help elders combat...
    • Contributor: Kay, Jon
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • Film, Video
    Black Pearl Sings! A theatrical reading of the play "Black Pearl Sings!" followed by a discussion with director Tom Jones II and actors Roz White and Susan Galbraith from the Alliance for New Music Theater, facilitated by N.J. Mitchell. The discussion will focus on the ways in which the Library's extensive primary source collections inform creative artistic practice. Written in 2006 by Frank Higgins, the play was...
    • Contributor: Galbraith, Susan - White, Roz - Mitchell, N.J. - Jones II, Tom
    • Date: 2019-02-13
  • Film, Video
    A Folklorist's Tale: Stories of Tangible Culture, Intangible Culture & the Politics of Culture Folklorist and scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett drew from her multifaceted career to explore the role of folklore in shaping contemporary cultural discourse. Specifically, she discussed her experiences as chief curator charged with creating the multimedia narrative exhibition at the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. How did she approach blending intangible cultural heritage with tangible cultural artifacts to tell the thousand-year...
    • Contributor: Kirshenblatt-Gimbett, Barbara
    • Date: 2019-01-16
  • Film, Video
    Philadelphia Folklore Project: Sustaining Community Cultural and Artistic Practices Since 1987, the Philadelphia Folklore Project has worked to sustain vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities in the Philadelphia region. This presentation preceded a separate screening of PFP's documentary "Because of the War."
    • Contributor: Morales, Selina - Gayflor, Fatu - Shapiro-Phim, Toni
    • Date: 2018-08-09
  • Film, Video
    Taiko Drumming in Asian American Los Angeles Ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong offers a vivid introduction to the Japanese American and Asian American taiko scene in the greater Los Angeles area. Taiko is a contemporary form of ensemble drumming that is built on the foundation of traditional Japanese festival music. This new tradition is called kumi-daiko, or "group taiko," because taiko ensembles usually feature numerous drums of at least three different sizes played...
    • Contributor: Wong, Deborah
    • Date: 2018-06-29
  • Film, Video
    Theory and Practice of Folklore in Cajun & Creole Louisiana Barry Jean Ancelet discusses his fieldwork and current research, addressing the relationship between the theory and practice of folklore, between what folklorists think and how they convey the results of that thought to diverse audiences, including academic colleagues, cultural specialists and the general public. Although some folklorists have seen a dichotomy between thought and action, Ancelet has always seen them as inextricably integrated. He...
    • Contributor: Ancelet, Barry Jean
    • Date: 2018-06-12
  • Film, Video
    Art of the Hunt Wyoming-based folklorist Andrea Graham discussed her fieldwork among fishers and hunters in the contemporary American West and explores how these traditions maintain, reinforce, and celebrate deeply-rooted elements of place, family and community life. The folklore and traditions surrounding hunting and fishing are among the most ancient expressions of traditional culture in contemporary America. Although hunting and fishing are not usually seen as artistic pursuits,...
    • Contributor: Graham, Andrea
    • Date: 2018-06-07
  • Film, Video
    Syriac Chants & Aramaic Christianity in India Joseph J. Palackal discusses Aramaic Christianity, an essential component of India's religious diversity. Christian faith came to the shores of South India from its source in West Asia, through the medium of the mother tongue of Jesus and the apostles. Christian Aramaic came to be known as Syriac, and due to unusual historical circumstances its tradition survived in India.
    • Contributor: Palackal, Joseph J.
    • Date: 2018-05-31
  • Film, Video
    Syriac Chants: Joseph Palackal Interview Joseph Palackal of the Christian Musicological Society of India discussed his life and career.
    • Contributor: Palackal, Joseph J.
    • Date: 2018-05-31
  • Film, Video
    My Secret Autobiography: The Letters of Ballad Scholar Francis James Child to William Ellery Sedgwick Folklorist Michael Bell discussed ballad scholar Francis James Child. Beginning in 1846, soon after his graduation from Harvard College, Child -- a Harvard professor, eventual first president of the American Folklore Society and the greatest ballad scholar of the 19th century -- began what would become a 20-year correspondence with his closest college friend and future brother-in-law, William Ellery Sedgwick. Based on this cache...
    • Contributor: Bell, Michael
    • Date: 2018-05-08
  • Film, Video
    Picturing American Folk Masters Photographer Tom Pich and folklorist Barry Bergey, co-authors of the recently published book "Folk Masters: A Portrait of America," discuss their award-winning project. During the past 25 years, Pich has traveled across the country to the homes and studios of recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor given to America's folk and traditional artists. His photographs provide...
    • Contributor: Bergey, Barry - Pich, Tom
    • Date: 2018-02-28
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    I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival Journalist and author Rick Massimo discusses the history of the Newport Folk Festival, an American musical institution that began more than a half century ago and continues to influence our understanding of folk music today. Drawing on his extensive interviews and archival research about the festival, which served as the basis of his 2017 book "I Got a Song," the author details how the...
    • Contributor: Massimo, Rick
    • Date: 2018-02-21
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    Alan Jabbour, 1942-2017: His Legacy in Folklife & Traditional Music Betsy Peterson, Carl Fleishhauer, David Furchgott, Ken Perlman, Stephen Wade and Karen Jabbour pay tribute to the life of Alan Jabbour, American musician, folklorist and founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Perlman, Ken - Furchgott, David - Fleishhauer, Carl - Wade, Stephen - Peterson, Elizabeth "betsy" - Jabbour, Karen
    • Date: 2018-01-18
  • Film, Video
    Reel Folk: Interview with Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty As a part of its "Reel Folk" event examining cultural explorations on film, Stephen Winick and Mary Sue Twohy interviewed Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty of the PBS "American Epic" documentary series. The series chronicles the period from the 1920s through the 1940s when collectors for both commercial record companies and public institutions like the Library sought and recorded traditional American roots music, including...
    • Contributor: Macmahon, Bernard - Twohy, Mary Sue - McGourty, Allison - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2017-09-29
  • Film, Video
    Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore & Cultural Advocacy Reading from her recently published biography, author Peggy A. Bulger discussed Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011), who led a remarkable life as a political activist, writer and folklorist. His life was one of cultural advocacy and rebellion and his friends included Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, Richard Wright, Jean-Paul Sartre, Zora Neale Hurston and others. This talk explored the work of a remarkable man who...
    • Contributor: Bulger, Peggy
    • Date: 2017-09-19
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    Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love, and Politics Drawing from her recently published biography of Peggy Seeger's life and contributions as a performer, song writer and activist, author Jean Freedman discussed Seeger's career from the 1950s to the present.
    • Contributor: Freedman, Jean R.
    • Date: 2017-09-07
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    The Fantastic Worlds of Chinese Opera Theater in North America Nancy Yunhwa Rao discussed the musical history of Chinese immigrants to North America.
    • Contributor: Yunhwa Rao, Nancy
    • Date: 2017-08-09
  • Film, Video
    Muslim American Journeys Listening Event This public listening event showcased narratives from the American Folklife Center's StoryCorps collection that illustrate the diversity of Muslim-American cultural identity. The event combined collective listening to story segments from the Muslim-American Leadership Allilance collection, short audience engagement activities facilitated by a panel and a short presentation on folklife resources for ethnographic fieldwork.
    • Contributor: Zaidi, Supna - Kim, Julia - Salim, Ahmed - Khan, Zainab - Thompson, Tamara - Rahat, Zabi - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2017-07-24
  • Film, Video
    Flowing Tides: Musical Memory, History and Global Culture in County Clare, Ireland Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin discussed his book, "Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape."
    • Contributor: Hallmhuráin, Gearóid
    • Date: 2017-07-11
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    Cultural Integrity & Local Music: Cape Breton Fiddle, New Orleans Funk Burt Feintuch discusses how two seemingly very different places, Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and New Orleans, Louisiana, turn out to have much in common. In both, there is broad recognition that something special is going on culturally; something that has produced noteworthy musical distinctiveness. Both are "creative hotspots," places where people are lucky enough to be able to dance to their own...
    • Contributor: Feintuch, Burt
    • Date: 2017-07-07
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Roy & PJ Hirabayashi of San Jose Taiko A conversation with PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, creative director and co-founder emeriti of the performing ensemble San Jose Taiko.
    • Contributor: Hirabayashi, Pj & Roy
    • Date: 2017-06-30
  • Film, Video
    Folk Music, the Folk Revival & Folk Music Journalism Day Mark Moss discussed the history of "Sing Out!" and the significance and challenges of folk music journalism over the past six decades. The mid-20th century North American "folk revival" was led, shaped and followed by a myriad of folk music newsletters, magazines and journals. Of these, none was more important, innovative or influential than "Sing Out!" magazine.
    • Contributor: Moss, Mark
    • Date: 2017-05-10