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    Laborlore: Social Justice, the Environment and the Ethics of Collaboration

    The panel examines the work that the participants have done in mining communities in the US South and West by beginning with a consideration of pioneer scholar George Korson, one of the most prolific collectors and publishers of mining folksong, folklore and cultural history. By linking Korson's focus on local economic and political concerns to larger global environmental and human rights issues in contemporary ...

    • Contributor: Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," ... Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," - Lewis, Anne - McCarl, Robert - McNeil, Bryan T. - Munoz, Michael S. - Purkey, Elaine - Roediger, David R. - Seeger, Mike - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Wilson, Joe - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-16
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    Gary Haleamau: Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas

    Gary Haleamau and his band perform traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar from Nevada, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Haleamau, Gary
    • Date: 2008-08-20
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    Voices from the canefields folksongs from Japanese immigrant workers in Hawai'i

    Franklin Odo discussed his research for his book, Voices from the canefields: folksongs from Japanese immigrant workers in Hawai'i (Oxford University Press, 2013) as a featured presenter in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on September 20, 2013, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. He describes how Japanese workers on Hawai'i's plantations created their own songs, in form akin to their traditional tanka or ...

    • Contributor: Odo, Franklin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013
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    Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers

    Concert by the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers.

    • Contributor: Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers
    • Date: 2013-08-07
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    Corsican Language & Expressive Culture

    Since the mid-20th century, a variety of social, economic and political factors have affected the cultural practices and conceptions of identity on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Linguistic anthropologist Alexandra Jaffe discusses the Corsican language and Corsican expressive culture. She addresses both the island's shift towards the French language and the Corsican language revitalization movement that began in the early 1970s. Drawing on ethnographic ...

    • Contributor: Jaffe, Alexandra - Jaffe, Alexandra M. (alexandra Mystra) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2014-12-02
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    La Quinceanera: A Coming of Age Ritual in Latino Communities

    Norma Cantu, professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, presented this talk as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The Quinceanera, the traditional coming-of-age celebration for Latinas, is an an elegant party on the girl's 15th birthday, highlighting God, family, friends, music, food and dance. Many questions emerge as one looks at this ...

    • Contributor: Cantu, Norma E. - Cantú, Norma E.
    • Date: 2006-11-08
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    From Oral Tradition to Critical Edition: The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Folk Music and Drama

    This lecture showcases the variety and importance of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, which has been digitized and is intended for online presentation as part of the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The talk describes some of the editorial challenges facing the James Madison Carpenter Project team as they prepare a critical edition of the collection.

    • Contributor: Bishop, Julia
    • Date: 2008-04-23
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    David Warren Steel: Makers of the Sacred Harp

    David Warren Steel discusses his new book, "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," newly published by the University of Illinois Press.

    • Contributor: Steel, David Warren
    • Date: 2010-10-21
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    Music from the true vine Mike Seeger's life and musical journey, 2013 June 12

    Bill C. Malone discusses his biography of musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009), who spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." Bill C. Malone is author of ...

    • Contributor: Malone, Bill C. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Mariano Gonzalez Ramirez concert

    Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on September 26, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Mariano Gonzalez, a virtuoso harpist and composer born and raised in Buena Vista, Paraguay to a family of harpists and harp makers, is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He began playing the ...

    • Contributor: Gonzalez, Mariano ((harpist)) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (u.s.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012
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    Barbara Lynn & Friends

    Barbara Lynn & Friends perform Texas rhythm and blues at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Lynn, Barbara
    • Date: 2009-11-18
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    'The High Lonesome Sound' Revisited: Documenting Traditional Culture in America

    In the early 1960s, the multitalented musician, filmmaker, and photographer John Cohen journeyed to eastern Kentucky to document the songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers, and the rural community that produced and sustained their uniquely American sound. The result was "The High Lonesome Sound," a classic 1963 documentary film than evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachian people maintain their dignity and traditions ...

    • Contributor: Cohen , John
    • Date: 2009-06-11
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    New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, Part 1

    The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just ...

    • Contributor: Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura ... Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - Library of Congress - National New Deal Preservation Association - United States. National Archives and Records Administration
    • Date: 2008-03-13
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    Laborlore: Collecting and Contextualizing Laborlore

    Through a case study approach, the panelists focus on a range of issues confronting documentary fieldworkers and their community collaborators in the arena of documenting and representing occupational lore and traditions. Focusing on maritime traditions and ranching culture, participants address the issues of how to frame labor culture and traditions for a broader public in the realm of the museum, the internet and live ...

    • Contributor: Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," ... Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," - Lewis, Anne - McCarl, Robert - McNeil, Bryan T. - Munoz, Michael S. - Purkey, Elaine - Roediger, David R. - Seeger, Mike - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Wilson, Joe - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-16
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Libaya Baba: Garifuna Music and Dance from California and New York

    Video recording, audio recordings, and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on July 2, 2013 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Libaya Baba means "Grandfather's Grandchildren." The group consists of three brothers Jeffrey, Kelsie, and Dayton Bernardez, and their cousin, Greg Palacio. Their first influence came from their grandfather, Cyril Antonio, and ...

    • Contributor: Libaya Baba (musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (u.s.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2013
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    Balla Kouyate & World Vision: Traditional Malian Music from Massachusetts

    Balla Kouyate is a griot and virtuoso player of the balaphon. Considered the predecessor of the xylophone and the first Mande instrument, the balafon is made up of wood slats of varying lengths. The slats are secured over two rows of calabash gourds, which serve as natural amplifiers. Each gourd is punctured with small holes over which Balla places thin plastic tape. The vibrating ...

    • Contributor: Kouyate, Balla - Kouyaté, Balla - World Vision (musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (u.s.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-04-28
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    Tony Ellis & the Musicians of Braeburn

    In this concert in the Library's "Homegrown" series, Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn play traditional banjo and stringband music from Ohio.

    • Contributor: Ellis, Tony
    • Date: 2011-06-22
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    Francis McPeake Family Concert, May 16, 2007

    From March through May 2007, scholars and artists gathered at the Library of Congress and other venues in and around Washington, DC, to present and promote Northern Irish arts and culture through the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme. The May events at the Library of Congress included an exciting and thought-provoking series of concerts and lectures and a special symposium. Together, they highlighted and focused ...

    • Contributor: Francis McPeake Family - McPeake, Francis - O'kane, Sean - Forde, Mairead - McPeake Family (musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland. Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure
    • Date: 2007-05-16
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Voices from the Cane Fields, Folksongs from Japanese immigrant workers in Hawai'i, lecture by Franklin Odo

    Franklin Odo discussed his research for his book, Voices from the canefields: folksongs from Japanese immigrant workers in Hawai'i (Oxford University Press, 2013) as a featured presenter in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on September 20, 2013, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. He describes how Japanese workers on Hawai'i's plantations created their own songs, in form akin to their traditional tanka or ...

    • Contributor: Odo, Franklin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013
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    Folk Music from the Slovak Mountains

    The fujara is the largest member of the overtone flute family. It developed in the seclusion of the Slovakian mountains, and, until recently, was barely known outside Slovakia. Even today, only a small number of traditional musicians play the instrument, and only a handful of craftsmen know how to make it. However, since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the fujara has been "discovered" ...

    • Contributor: Rychlik, Bohuslav - Rychlik, Bob
    • Date: 2010-05-27
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    Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston

    Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston is the first large-scale project, anywhere, in which the survivors of a major disaster have taken the lead in documenting it. The project's goal is to voice, as intimately as possible, the experiences and reflections of those displaced to Houston by the two major hurricanes that pounded the Gulf Coast in August and September of 2005. The heart ...

    • Date: 2009-08-13
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    Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved ...

    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret
    • Date: 2007-09-19
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    What's in a Name? AIDS, Vernacular Risk Perception and the Culture of Ownership

    Since reports of the first cases of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s, contemporary, or "urban," legends about origins of the virus, modes of transmission, deliberate infection, withheld treatment and minority genocide have proliferated. Told cross-culturally, AIDS legends recount HIV-filled needles in movie theater seats, pinpricks in drugstore shelf condoms, semen in fast food and HIV-positive sexual predators. Diane Goldstein explores the story-making activities that ...

    • Contributor: Goldstein, Diane - Goldstein, Diane E.
    • Date: 2006-10-04
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    Ruže Dalmatinke concert collection, 2012 July 18

    Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on July 18, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. From the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia, Marija Damjanovic Franulovich and her family immigrated to the United States after World War II. The group Ruže Dalmatinke is ...

    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (u.s.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012
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    Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner

    Two first place World Hoop Dance Champions have joined together to model and dance a vision of male and female balance, harmony and respect as traditionally practiced by their ancestors. Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe are both world-traveled hoop dancers. They performed as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.

    • Date: 2007-11-15