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American Folklife Center Fellowships and Awards 2019

2019 Proposals due March 12, 2019 The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress offers three competitive awards in 2019 to support  scholars working with ethnographic collection materials at the Library of Congress and for fieldworkers on folklife and related topics. This year, the American Folklife Center’s Archie Green Fellowship, Parsons Fund Award, and […]

Homegrown Plus: Rahim AlHaj Trio

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with The Rahim AlHaj Trio, an ensemble based in New Mexico playing Arabic and Persian music. The trio is led by Rahim AlHaj, an […]

In Their Own Words: Mapping the Contours of Muslim Journeys, Identities, and Triumphs in the United States

This is a guest post by two staff from the Muslim American Leadership Alliance: Ahmed Omar (Deputy Director) and Andrew McDonald (Program Associate). In 2017 the American Folklife Center hosted staff from the Alliance along with contributors to their “Muslim American Journeys” project to participate in a public listening session at the Library of Congress, […]

Folklife at the International Level: The Roots of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ Part IV, the 1989 Recommendation

In the last post, we made our way to UNESCO’s 1989 Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore, tracing some key changes in precursor definitions for what is now called ‘intangible cultural heritage’ (ICH). I will return to the ICH concept’s development, but let’s make a pit stop to look more closely at […]

On the Folklife Today Podcast: “Kumbaya”

Episode four of the Folklife Today Podcast is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on iTunes, or with your usual podcatcher. Get your podcast here! Our latest podcast episode, “Kumbaya: Stories of an African American Spiritual,” presents some of the background to this classic old song, along with many […]

An Unexpected Opportunity

The following is a guest blog post by Brandon Lithalangsy, a student at the University of Central Arkansas, and former intern in the office of Senator John Boozman (AR). Being in the military, there are times we forget about those who have left the service.  It is important to remember their stories and the lessons […]

Homegrown Plus: Yvette Landry Trio

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with the Yvette Landry Trio, a trio from Louisiana that plays Cajun Music and Louisiana Honky-Tonk. The group is led by Yvette Landry from Breaux […]

Stable Views: Stories and Voices from the Thoroughbred Racetrack

The following is a guest post by Ellen McHale, Ph.D., creator of the Occupational Folklife Project collection Stable Views: Stories and Voices from the Thoroughbred Racetrack. Explore the collection at this link! My introduction to the racetrack and its world of racing began in 1996, when I was asked by the National Museum of Racing and […]