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    Voices from the Cane Fields, Folksongs from Japanese immigran...

    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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    Traditional music of coastal Louisiana : the 1934 Lomax recor...

    Joshua Caffrey, Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies, Kluge Center, Library of Congress, was the featured presenter in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on December 11, 2013, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Joshua Caffery examines the songs recorded in the summer of 1934 by John A. Lomax, with assistance from his son Alan, who was then a teenager. While the music they ...

    • Contributor: Caffery, Joshua Clegg - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013
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    Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance: Day Tw...

    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. A panel discussion titled "Burns and His World" kicked off the second ...

    • Contributor: Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy ... 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: 2009-02-25
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    Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance: Day Tw...

    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 afternoon featured a second panel discussion exploring Burns' relationship to the ...

    • Contributor: Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy ... 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: 2009-02-25
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    Kunqu: China's First Great Multi-art Theatrical Tradition

    Marjory Bong-Ray Liu presented "Total Theatre -- The Art of Kunqu, China's Earliest Classical Opera" as part of the Benjamin Botkin lecture series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Chinese opera, especially Kunqu, is particularly noted for its graceful dance movements and gestures that are an integral part of the total art form, unlike many western operas where the aural aspect is predominant. Kunqu ...

    • Contributor: Bong-Ray Liu, Marjory
    • Date: 2008-09-04
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    A Musical Demonstration by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen

    Flautist Gary Hastings and singer Brian Mullen present a concert and lecture as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

    • Date: 2007-05-29
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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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    Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Use of Prove...

    For more than ten years Wolfgang Mieder has made the study of proverbs in political discourse one of his major research areas, particularly the role of proverbs at critical moments in American history. In this lecture he discusses his research for his most recent book, "Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Sermonic Proverbial Rhetoric" (2010). In barely 40 years of ...

    • Contributor: Mieder , Wolfgang - Mieder, Wolfgang
    • Date: 2011-02-10
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    Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin

    Among Benjamin Botkin's accomplishments, the gathering of slave narratives has received the greatest amount of attention, though not always with his name attached. As folklore editor of the Federal Writers Project, and later head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Botkin guided the fieldworkers who collected the narratives, amassed and edited the raw materials, and produced 17 bound volumes ...

    • Contributor: Abrahams, Roger
    • Date: 2007-08-15
  • Manuscripts/Mixed Material

    Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers, lecture...

    Ray Allen discusses the careers of Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley -- the New Lost City Ramblers and their research and performance of old-time and traditional music. Lectures.. Photographs.. 1 folder. | 1 video file (58 min.) : digital, sound, color. | photographs | lecture by Ray Allen. (Statement Of Responsibility). Ray Allen, speaker. (Performers). Recorded in the Mary Pickford Theater, James ...

    • Contributor: Allen, Ray - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011
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    Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popu...

    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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    Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues

    In this presentation William R. Ferris discusses his book, "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues" (University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2009).

    • Contributor: Ferris, William R.
    • Date: 2010-02-17
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    Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers and Folk ...

    The New Lost City Ramblers were pioneers in the old-time music revival that paralleled the great folk music boom of the 1960s. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley (later replaced by Tracy Schwarz) were city-born and suburban-bred folk musicians who specialized in recreating the sounds of rural southern stringband and early bluegrass music at a time when the folk music scene was dominated ...

    • Contributor: Allen, Ray
    • Date: 2011-09-08
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    Rediscover Northern Ireland 2008: I Am a Wee Weaver: Weaving ...

    Handloom weaving was dominated by men in 19th century Ireland. The Industrial Revolution changed that, enabling women to take the dominant role in the factory production of linen. In this talk, Maurice Leyden discusses the reasons for this historical shift, and the impact of this change on the traditions of singing and songwriting among weavers. To illustrate his lecture, Leyden sings songs composed by ...

    • Contributor: Leyden, Maurice - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-12-04
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    Passing for traditional the New Lost City Ramblers and folk m...

    Ray Allen discusses the careers of Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley -- the New Lost City Ramblers and their research and performance of old-time and traditional music. Lectures.. Photographs.. 1 folder. | 1 video file (58 min.) : digital, sound, color. | photographs | lecture by Ray Allen. (Statement Of Responsibility). Ray Allen, speaker. (Performers). Recorded in the Mary Pickford Theater, James ...

    • Contributor: Allen, Ray - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011
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    North American Influence on a North Ireland Song Collection

    John Moulden, singer and author from Ulster, presented a lecture titled "North American Influence on a North Ireland Song Collection" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Included in his lecture was discussion of the Sam Henry Collection, the largest ...

    • Contributor: Moulden, John
    • Date: 2007-05-02
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    Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda; parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements and movie previews and posters; still or animated cartoons and short live-action films. Such material, he argues in his new ...

    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Date: 2011-08-10
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    Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popu...

    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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    Voices from the canefields folksongs from Japanese immigrant ...

    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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    Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popu...

    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: 2011-09-26
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    Music from the true vine : Mike Seeger's life and musical jou...

    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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    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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    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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    "It's Of My Rambles..." A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ul...

    Len Graham presented a lecture titled "'It's Of My Rambles...' A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program. Graham explored the folk song tradition of his native Ulster. His talk was interspersed with live performances of songs in English on many themes, including early classic ballads, broadside ballads, and songs of love, politics, emigration and many ...

    • Contributor: Graham, Len
    • Date: 2008-11-06
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    Music from the true vine Mike Seeger's life and musical journ...

    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