Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Folklore Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

1,857 Full-Text Articles 1,262 Authors 356,400 Downloads 86 Institutions

All Articles in Folklore

Faceted Search

1,857 full-text articles. Page 1 of 57.

The Doyen Of Dixie: A Survey Of The Banjo Stylings Of Uncle Dave Macon, Corbin F. Hayslett 2018 East Tennessee State University

The Doyen Of Dixie: A Survey Of The Banjo Stylings Of Uncle Dave Macon, Corbin F. Hayslett

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

David Harrison Macon (1870-1952) is often memorialized for his showmanship rather than his banjo playing. To compartmentalize such a significant American musician yields a wide gap within scholarship about Macon, country music history and the banjo. Macon’s banjo playing, documented through over two-hundred and fifty recordings made between the 1920s and 1950s, represents an array of cultures, eras, ethnicities, and styles all preserved in the repertoire of one of the most prolific country musicians of the 20th century. This study reveals Macon’s playing by considering such factors as influences that preceded his professional tenure, identifying elements within ...


Djembe Drum Carving In Accra Cultural Market, Kevin Booker, Aaron Carter-Enyi 2018 Morehouse College

Djembe Drum Carving In Accra Cultural Market, Kevin Booker, Aaron Carter-Enyi

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Dean Kevin Booker of Morehouse College recorded this video of his last name being carved into his new djembe purchased in the Accra Cultural Market, next to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial.


Heroes Of Indian Head Rock, Rick Duncan 2018 Morehead State University

Heroes Of Indian Head Rock, Rick Duncan

Indian Head Rock Project

A series of posters created by Rick Duncan to commemorate the Heroes of Indian Head Rock in July of 2018.


Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots For The Diaspora: Ghosts In The Family Tree. Ann Arbor: U Of Michigan P, 2016., Annie de Saussure 2018 Lafayette College

Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots For The Diaspora: Ghosts In The Family Tree. Ann Arbor: U Of Michigan P, 2016., Annie De Saussure

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots for the Diaspora: Ghosts in the family tree. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. 325 pp.


Upton, Pamela J. (Fa 1193), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Upton, Pamela J. (Fa 1193), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1193. Student paper titled “Black and White Attitudes on a College Campus and Their Possible Relations to Folklore” in which Pamela Upton analyzes data from a survey to examine how feelings regarding race are expressed through folkloric beliefs and practices. Upton provides a copy of each type of questionnaire that was given to students and offers insight into the predominant and prevailing attitudes on WKU’s campus during the early 1970s.


Powell, Steve (Fa 1195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Powell, Steve (Fa 1195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1195. Student paper titled “Quilting for Frugality” in which Steve Powell interviews close family members and friends about their experiences with quilt making. Powell offers a brief biographical background on each informant along with individual motivations and inspirations for crafting quilts. The paper includes color photographs of various types of quilting patterns and one sample of a quilting square.


Aldrich, John (Fa 1194), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Aldrich, John (Fa 1194), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1194. Student paper titled “Bee Keeping Project” in which John Aldrich describes the process of properly maintaining hives, collecting honey, and the equipment used to ensure the safety and care of bee colonies. Aldrich’s father, Gordon Aldrich, also offers folk beliefs relating to keeping bees. The paper includes color photographs of hives, beekeepers, tools,and fresh combs.


England, Larry (Fa 1192), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

England, Larry (Fa 1192), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1192. Student paper titled “Folk Games” in which Larry England explores traditions and customs relating tochildhood games. The scope of England’s research islimited to Monroe County, and information was collected from family, friends, and neighbors.


Houk, Charlotte F. (Fa 1191), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Houk, Charlotte F. (Fa 1191), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1191. Student paper titled “The Country Store” in which Charlotte Houk describes the importance of a small-town establishment, Grain’s Grocery, and its impact on the community of Kessinger, Hart County, Kentucky. Houk collected stories from family members, friends, and current residents of the town. Paper also includes black and white photographs of both the interior and exterior of Grain’s Grocery.


Houk, Charlotte F. (Fa 1190), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Houk, Charlotte F. (Fa 1190), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1190. Student paper titled which Charlotte Houk examines the artistic aesthetics of mailboxes within a 10-mile radius of her home in the Lonoke Community in Hart County. Houk’s interviews focus on the creator of the mailbox, their inspiration behind the designs, and additional information concerning mailbox construction and presentation. Black and white photographs of each mailbox are included within the paper.


Fields, Jeri Lea (Fa 1200), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Fields, Jeri Lea (Fa 1200), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1200. Student paper titled “Folklore in Horse Training of the American Saddle Bred Show Horse” in which Jeri Fields details the experiences of Joseph Daniel Wilson, a show horse trainer living in Rossville, Georgia. Wilsondescribes his background with breeding, training, and showing class-ranked horses. The paper also includes folk beliefs, sayings, terms, and cures as they relate tohorses.


Sears, Tommie Paula (Fa 1198), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Sears, Tommie Paula (Fa 1198), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1198. Student paper titled “One Room Schools of Yesterday” in which Tommie Paula Sears interviews Hattie Blake, a former student, and eventual instructor, at a one-room schoolhouse in Lewisburg, Kentucky. In her interview with Sears, Blake mentions various one-room schoolhouses throughout the region and offers insight into how a typical academic day was structured. Blake also details her own experiences as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. The paper includes projector slides of the informant and the Tunstill schoolhouse, as well as a 1958 Tunstill School yearbook.


Straub, Karen (Fa 1196), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Straub, Karen (Fa 1196), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1196. Student paper titled “Mrs. Robert H. Saylor in Doll Making” in which Karen Straub interviews Mrs. Saylor, acraftswoman and doll making enthusiast. Straub offers insight into Saylor’s personal history with doll collecting and doll making, the materials Saylor uses in order to sew her products, the research and inspiration behind the process, popular trade publications and clubs relating to doll making, and specific step-by-step instructions on how to complete several varieties of dolls.


Lewis, Jenny (Fa 1197), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Lewis, Jenny (Fa 1197), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1197. Student paper title “Place-Names of Johnson County,Kentucky” in which Jenny Lewis draws connections between folklore and specific monikers throughout the county. In her paper, Lewis offers brief biographies of each informant, and proceeds to categorize locations by grouping them together under qualifiers such as “geographical features,” “pieces of architecture,” “people or families,” and “battles, wars, and Indian tribes.” The paper also contains a map of Johnson County.


Phelps, Bob (Fa 1189), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Phelps, Bob (Fa 1189), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1189. Student paper titled “Showing Quarter Horses” in which Bob Phelps interviews his uncle, Loyd Blair, about his experiences regarding raising, training, and showing horses. Phelps also details the more commercial aspects of showing horses including the acquisition of horses, veterinary care, specialized equipment, and travel-related expenses. The paper also includes a description of how shows are operated, the various classes and age ranges involved in competition, and how individual owners train their respective animals. Phelps also includes color photographs of his informants, show-day events, and drawings of different routine patterns.


Johnson, Danny (Fa 1188), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Johnson, Danny (Fa 1188), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1188. Student paper titled “Folk Agricultural Tools” in whichDanny Johnson offers insight into the types of implements used on farms during the pre-industrial period. Johnson narrows his scope even more to the types of tools used during the planting and harvesting processes and describes which tools are best suited for the task at hand. Included in his paper are brief biographies of each informant and color photographs of various pieces of equipment and descriptions of their use.


Halgash, Rhonda (Fa 1187), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Halgash, Rhonda (Fa 1187), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1187. Student paper titled “A Collection of Ghost Stories” in which Rhonda Halgash gathers together supernatural tales and explores recurring motifs and common variants. Halgash collected stories from close friends who also attended Western Kentucky University.


Rizer, Michael C. (Fa 1186), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Rizer, Michael C. (Fa 1186), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1186. Student paper titled “Early Toy Making” in which Michael Rizer interviews two sets of couples, the Barnes and the McKees, regarding their crafting ability as it relatesto miniature, hand-carved furniture. Rizer offers a brief description of each toy maker and details the various types of materials, models, and carving techniques used in the creation of the miniatures. Included in the paper are color photographs of the craftsmen and women along with pictures of their wooden furniture pieces and one reel-to-reel audio tape of interviews conducted by Rizer.


Jackson, Janice (Fa 1185), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Jackson, Janice (Fa 1185), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1185. Student paper titled “Christmas Customs” in whichJanice Jackson details various holiday-related traditions. Jackson gathered information from an ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse group of informants including family, friends, and classmates. Some Hanukah traditions are included as well.


Smith, Mike (Fa 1184), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Smith, Mike (Fa 1184), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid on for Folklife Archives Project 1184. Student paper titled “Folkhouses in Monroe County, Kentucky” in which Mike Smith describes the various types of homes and outbuildings found throughout the county. Smith examines the detailing, function, and form of chosenstructures and offers insight into the materials used in the construction of the buildings. Information was gathered fromresidents of Monroe County, and the paper includes black and white photographs of each structural unit.


Digital Commons powered by bepress