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    Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2006-07-27
    videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006
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    Flory Jagoda and Friends
    Flory Jagoda and friends | Flory Jagoda : NEA Heritage Award winner | Homegrown 2007, the music of America | American Folklife Center concert, 2007-03-21
    Flory Jagoda, with friends Susan Gaeta, Howard Bass, and Tina Chancey, performs traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and other parts of the world as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The concert also marks the Library's celebration of Women's History Month.
    • Contributor: Bass, Howard - Chancey, Tina - Jagoda, Flory - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-03-21
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    A Musical Demonstration by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen
    A musical demonstration by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen | American Folklife Center lecture, 2007-05-29 | American Folklife Center concert, 2007-05-29
    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.
    • Contributor: Hastings, Gary - Mullen, Brian - Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland. Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-05-29
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    La Quinceanera: A Coming of Age Ritual in Latino Communities
    Coming of age ritual in Latino communities | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2006-11-08
    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. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-11-08
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    Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner
    American Folklife Center concert, 2007-11-15 | Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner | Homegrown 2007, the music of America
    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.
    • Contributor: Pickner, Jasmine - Chief Eagle, D. - Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-11-15
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    African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase
    National Visionary Leadership Project
    The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral life histories of extraordinary African American elders who have made significant contributions to American society, and the American Folklife Center is the official repository for these stories. The Library's signature event featured...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2008-02-22
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    Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover
    Afghan women's stories | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2007-09-19
    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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    The Gannon Family
    Gannon Family concert | American Folklife Center concert, 2006-11-15 | Irish music and dance from Missouri | Homegrown 2006, the music of America
    The Gannon Family performs Irish music and dance from Missouri, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Gannon Family - Gannon Family (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: 2006-11-15
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    Old Cultures/New Contexts: Presenting the Traditional Music and Dance of Urban Immigrant Communities
    Old cultures, new contexts | Presenting the traditional music and dance of urban immigrant communities | Music, dance of urban communities | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2008-06-20
    Ethnographer and performer Ethel Raim, co-founder and artistic director of New York's celebrated Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), discusses her five decades of work with community-based traditional artists in urban America. Beginning at a time when to most Americans "folk music" was practically synonymous with rural and Anglo-Saxon, Raim built on her own interests in Balkan music and dance to document and...
    • Contributor: Raim, Ethel - Groce, Nancy - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-06-20
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    Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan Sands in Concert
    Tommy, Moya and Fionan Sands in concert | Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionán Sands, County Down, Northern Ireland | American Folklife Center concert, 2008-10-09
    Tommy Sands, with his daughter Moya and son Fionan, performed in concert as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress. This event was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It is the main support for...
    • Contributor: Sands, Tommy - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-10-09
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    Rediscover Northern Ireland 2008: I Am a Wee Weaver: Weaving and Singing in Northern Ireland
    Weaving and singing in Northern Ireland | Songs of handloom weavers from Northern Ireland | American Folklife Center lecture, 2008-12-04 | American Folklife Center concert, 2008-12-04
    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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    'The High Lonesome Sound' Revisited: Documenting Traditional Culture in America
    'High lonesome sound' revisited | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-06-11
    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 - Cohen, John - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-06-11
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    Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955
    Yiddish-American radio | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-10-14
    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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    Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York
    Built with faith | Place making and the religious imagination in Italian New York | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-09-23
    This presentation examines how Italian Americans create and use vernacular architecture, material culture, and ceremonial display to inscribe meaning on New York City's religious and cultural landscapes. Yard shrines, sidewalk altars, Christmas displays, and other creative productions transform everyday urban space into unique, communal sites of religiosity. Sciorra is especially interested in how people remember, imagine, and interpret the city, as well as people's...
    • Contributor: Sciorra, Joseph - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-09-23
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    Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-02-17
    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. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-02-17
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    And Wheat Completed the Cycle: Flour Mills, Social Memory, and Industrial Culture in Sonora, Mexico
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-04-21
    "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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    R. Carlos Nakai: American Indian Flute Music from Arizona
    American Folklife Center concert, 2010-11-17 | R. Carlos Nakai concert | R. Carlos Nakai : American Indian flute music from Arizona | Homegrown 2010, the music of America
    R. Carlos Nakai performs American Indian flute music in a noontime concert in the Library's "Homegrown" series.
    • Contributor: Nakai, R. Carlos - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-11-17
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    The Capital Pool Checkers Club: Tradition, Competition & Community in Washington DC
    Capital Pool Checkers Club | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2011-03-18
    Ethnographic photographer Peggy Fleming spent three years photographing and interviewing the members of Washington's Capital Pool Checkers Club. Her resulting study, "Crown Me!" (2010), documents more than an interesting recreational club: it highlights a special place in the urban landscape where a group of men come together to share their personal memories, recall the history of their beloved city and create community. Fleming is...
    • Contributor: Fleming, Peggy - Jackson, Maurice - Capital Pool Checkers Club (Washington, D.C.) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011-03-18
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    Decoration Day in the Mountains
    Decoration day in the mountains | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2011-07-07
    Decoration Day is a late spring or summer tradition that involves cleaning community cemeteries, decorating them with flowers, holding religious services in cemeteries, and having dinner on the ground. These commemorations seem to predate the post-Civil-War celebrations that ultimately gave us our national Memorial Day. Little has been written about this tradition, but it is still practiced widely throughout the Upland South, from North...
    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Jabbour, Karen Singer - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011-07-07
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    Unukupukupu Halau Hula
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-06-26 | Unukupukupu Halau Hula | Unukupukupu, Hālau Hula of Hawaii Community College, Hilo, Hawaii | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Unukupukupu is the traditional Halau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai`i Community College, Hilo, Hawai`i. Here ancient dances and songs, rooted in the sacred `Aiha`a Pele (Ritual Dance of Volcanic Phenomena) intermingle with the rigor of academic inquiry. To experience the particular fiery style of hula termed `Aiha`a Pele, one is trained to call up the fire within the body and to dance until sweat...
    • Contributor: Tangarō, Taupōuri - Hawaii Community College - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012-06-26
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    Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-08-09
    Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture.
    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Date: 2012-08-09
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    The Stations that Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance (Day 1)
    Radio and the Yiddish American cultural renaissance | American Folklife Center symposium, 2012-09-06 to 2012-09-07
    Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. (Day 1)
    • Contributor: Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman ... Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman - Mayrent, Sherry L. - Newman, Roberta - Pearlstein, Peggy K. - Rein, David M. - Russo, Alexander - Sapoznik, Henry - Seigel, Amanda - Sokolow, Pete - Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron - Ticktin, Max D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Yiddish of Greater Washington Inc - University of Wisconsin. Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    • Date: 2012-09-06
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    The Stations that Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance (Day 2, morning)
    Radio and the Yiddish American cultural renaissance | American Folklife Center symposium, 2012-09-06 to 2012-09-07
    Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. (Day 2, morning)
    • Contributor: Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman ... Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman - Mayrent, Sherry L. - Newman, Roberta - Pearlstein, Peggy K. - Rein, David M. - Russo, Alexander - Sapoznik, Henry - Seigel, Amanda - Sokolow, Pete - Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron - Ticktin, Max D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Yiddish of Greater Washington Inc - University of Wisconsin. Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    • Date: 2012-09-07
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    The Stations that Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance (Day 2, afternoon)
    Radio and the Yiddish American cultural renaissance | American Folklife Center symposium, 2012-09-06 to 2012-09-07
    Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. (Day 2, afternoon)
    • Contributor: Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman ... Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman - Mayrent, Sherry L. - Newman, Roberta - Pearlstein, Peggy K. - Rein, David M. - Russo, Alexander - Sapoznik, Henry - Seigel, Amanda - Sokolow, Pete - Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron - Ticktin, Max D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Yiddish of Greater Washington Inc - University of Wisconsin. Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    • Date: 2012-09-07
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    Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature (Day 2, afternoon)
    Continuity and change in Brazilian popular literature | American Folklife Center symposium, 2011-09-26 to 2011-09-27
    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