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    The Folklore Behind Ecology, or Why Scientists in Ecology Need Help from Folklorists Our laws, policies and the fundamental scientific ideas about nature derive from ancient myths and modern folklore. We "save" endangered species and manage our natural resources based on beliefs about a balance of nature that never existed and is continually disproved by scientific observations, but strangely still forms much of the basis of the science of ecology. In his Benjamin Botkin Lecture sponsored by ...
    • Contributor: Botkin, Daniel - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-04-05
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    The River Boys Polka Band The River Boys Polka Band performed as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Robert Schmer (accordion), Dave Beitz (hammered dulcimer), Jerry Hergenreder (trombone, vocals) and Steve Deines (bass, vocals) make up the River Boys Polka Band. They have played traditional Dutch Hop dance music together for 10 years. All four have performed at traditional weddings, anniversaries and other ...
    • Contributor: Various - Meister, Gwen K. - Schmer, Robert - River Boys Polka Band - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2006-06-21
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    And Wheat Completed the Cycle: Flour Mills, Social Memory, and Industrial Culture in Sonora, Mexico "The abandoned flour mills throughout the region," said a Mexican researcher interviewed during fieldwork in northern Mexico, "are the equivalent for Sonorans of the pyramids in Central Mexico." In this talk about her research as a Fulbright Fellow in Sonora, Mexico for the last nine months, folklorist and anthropologist Maribel Alvarez explores the role of wheat - a grain introduced by the Spanish to ...
    • Contributor: Alvarez, Maribel - Alvarez, Maribel L. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-04-21
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    Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero This talk explores the relationship between folklorist Archie Green's formative political experiences at home, at school, and at work during the "Age of the CIO" and his subsequent development of "laborlore" as a public-oriented interdisciplinary field.
    • Contributor: Burns, Sean
    • Date: 2012-05-01
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    Music from the true vine : Mike Seeger's life and musical journey, lecture by Bill Malone
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2013-06-12
    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
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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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    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 - Mills, Margaret Ann - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-09-19
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    Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-06-21 | Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole: Upper Louisiana French Creole Music from Missouri | Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole, Creole fiddle music from Missouri | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Dennis Stroughmatt performs music based in the traditions of the French speaking areas of "Upper Louisiana," aka Illinois-Missouri-Indiana. Digital Photographs.. 1 folder. | 1 video file (64 minutes) : sound, color. | photographs digital, NEF files, color. | performed by Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole; sponsored by the American Folklife Center. (Statement Of Responsibility). "Cosponsored with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage." Stroughmatt, Dennis, fiddle; ...
    • Contributor: Stroughmatt, Dennis - 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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    Kiu Haghighi with Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh: Persian Santour and Tombak Music from Illinois Persian hammered dulcimer (santour) virtuoso Kiu Haghighi is accompanied by Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh on the tombak, a Persian drum.
    • Contributor: Haghighi, Kiu - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-07-20
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    Laborlore: Expressive Culture, Work Culture and the Art of Representation This panel considers the artistic representations of work in a range of cultural and social contexts (Mexico, Texas, Nevada, San Francisco) and in a variety of media (graphic arts, video and material culture). The panel focuses on issues of self-representation, the aesthetics of portraying work culture for both inside and outside audiences and the ways in which members of working communities adapt old and ...
    • 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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    Daniel Boucher & Friends: Traditional French-Canadian Fiddle Music from Connecticut Fiddler and singer Daniel Boucher is accompanied by guitarist Ray Pelletier, guitarist and fiddler George Wilson, and fiddler/stepdancer Glenn Bombardier of the Beaudoin family.
    • Contributor: Boucher, Daniel - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-08-17
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    Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance: Day 1 To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, the American Folklife Center, in collaboration with the Scottish government as part of its Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebration, presented a free public symposium on Burns' life and work, as well as his impact on America and American culture. The symposium began with a keynote address by Alex Salmond, First Minister ...
    • Contributor: Various, Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy ... Various, Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy - Lambert, Marc - Miller, Ed - Newton, Cate - Ryan, Kay - Salmond, Alex - Sklarew, Myra - Winick, Stephen D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-02-24
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    The Two Worlds of the Pennsylvania Dutch The Pennsylvania Dutch culture, which is now over three centuries old and still evolving, is an American hybrid creation put together from Continental Europe, British Isles, and American building blocks in Southeastern Pennsylvania. While this culture is a unit linguistically, and in most other ways, it is divided down the middle by religion. The "two worlds" are those of the "Plain Dutch"--Amish, Mennonites, and ...
    • Contributor: Yoder, Don
    • Date: 2011-05-05
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    Cultural Heritage Archives Symposium Session 2 In Session 2 of the symposium, a panel discusses archival description. The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives as well as case studies focused on several key topics for ...
    • Contributor: Various - Bell, Danna C. - Boyd, Douglas A. - Giarlo, Michael J. - Lloyd, Timothy Charles - Meyers, Melanie J. - O'neal, Jennifer R. - Reddy, Sita - Weiss, Steve - American Folklife Center - United States. Embassy (Kyrgyzstan) - American Folklore Society. Archives and Libraries Section - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013-09-26
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    Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin Schupman explores examples, causes and implications of the current state of awareness about Native peoples and issues.
    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-08-05
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    Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory: Cajun Music from Louisiana Marce Lacouture, David Greely, and Kristi Guillory perform traditional Cajun music at the Library of Congress. This concert is part of the Homegrown Concert Series, presented by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Lacouture, Marce - Greely, David - Guillory, Kristi - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-06-23
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    Aubrey Ghent and Friends Aubrey Ghent with friends performed sacred lap steel guitar for the Library's annual Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Ghent, Aubrey - Cooper, Jim - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-10-17
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    Folklore and Seeing: Photographs from Cummins Prison In two separate decisions in 1969 and 1970, Holt v. Sarver I and II, U.S. District Judge J. Smith Henley declared the Arkansas prison system unconstitutional on the grounds that it was cruel and unusual punishment. This was the first time a state's prison system had been declared illegal, and the first time that a Federal judge ordered a state to radically change the ...
    • Contributor: Jackson, Bruce - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-03-25
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    Facing the Music: Traditional Culture and Copyright To what extent should copyright law protect the use and exploitation of traditional culture belonging to indigenous communities? Today's copyright law sadly overlooks and, arguably, discriminates against the interests of the authors of indigenous or traditional musical works - including folk music. As a single example, copyright law asserts that a work must, in effect, be written down for it to be copyrightable; this ...
    • Contributor: Bachner, Bryan - Bachner, Bryan S. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-05-31
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    Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955 While all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar Henry Sapoznik discusses and shares some of the most memorable and powerful moments in this nearly lost world of ethnic American broadcasting. By exploring amazingly broad category of Yiddish radio shows -- ...
    • Contributor: Sapoznik, Henry - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-10-14
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    My father, my partner, lecture by Nora Guthrie
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | Woody Guthrie : father & partner | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-03-29
    Nora Guthrie discusses her work developing projects that bring Woody Guthrie's vast, often unknown, cultural and creative legacy to life. Lectures.. Photographs.. manuscripts 1 folder. | 1 video file (69 min.) : digital, sound, color. | photographs | lecture by Nora Guthrie. (Statement Of Responsibility). Nora Guthrie, speaker. (Performers). Recorded in the Mumford Room, LM 649, James Madison Building, Library of Congress on March ...
    • Contributor: Guthrie, Nora - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2012
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    Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature (Day 2, morning) Literatura de cordel, literally "string literature," refers to small popular books or chapbooks, predominantly from northeastern Brazil. They were often suspended from cords or strings, hung across marketplace stalls belonging to local poets during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Today, cordel chapbooks are still sold and performed on street corners and in markets throughout Brazil, but are more readily circulated through the Internet. ...
    • Contributor: Various - Chesnut, R. Andrew - Curran, Mark J. - Gambliel, Maria Carmen - Maia, Manuela - Marks, Morton - McCann, Bryan - Morris, Valda - Silva, Gonçalo Ferreira Da - Slater, Candace ... Various - Chesnut, R. Andrew - Curran, Mark J. - Gambliel, Maria Carmen - Maia, Manuela - Marks, Morton - McCann, Bryan - Morris, Valda - Silva, Gonçalo Ferreira Da - Slater, Candace - Soares, Marli Gomes - Williams, Gayle Ann - American Folklife Center - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division - Brazil. Embaixada (U.S.) - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011-09-27
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    Cultural Heritage Archives Symposium Session 3 Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. This session includes panels on programmatic presentations and on preservation and digital stewardship. Speakers included Michael J. Giaro, Ahmed Samir Habib, Alan R. Burdette, Janel Quirante, Gulnara Aitpaeva, Carl Fleischauer and Maurice Mengel Aspect.
    • Contributor: Various - Bell, Danna C. - Boyd, Douglas A. - Giarlo, Michael J. - Lloyd, Timothy Charles - Meyers, Melanie J. - O'neal, Jennifer R. - Reddy, Sita - Weiss, Steve - American Folklife Center - United States. Embassy (Kyrgyzstan) - American Folklore Society. Archives and Libraries Section - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013-09-26
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    Les Bon Hommes du Nord
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-08-08 | Les Bon Hommes du Nord : French-Canadian fiddle music & songs from New Hampshire | Les Bon Hommes du Nord : Franco-American and French-Canadian music from New Hampshire | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on August 8, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The event featured French Canadian fiddle tunes and songs performed by four musicians, Patrick Ross, Jean Nil Theroux, Dalton Binette, and Bow Thayer, who hail from the northernmost area of New Hampshire, adjacent ...
    • Contributor: Ross, Patrick - Theroux, Jean Nil - Binette, Dalton - Thayer, Bow - 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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    The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers R&B and Gospel (2013 concert)
    American Folklife Center concert, 2013-08-07 | The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood : quartet-style a capella gospel music from Kentucky | Homegrown 2013, the music of America
    Video recording, sound recording, and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on August 7, 2013 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers perform jubilee-style, a cappella, sacred gospel music and secular songs. Members of the group were interviewed on the day of the performance and the interview is ...
    • Contributor: Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2013