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Folklife Flashes
November 2015

Celebrate our state's folklife and traditions!

Giving Thanks for YOU!

We know that you love this monthly newsletter partly because we don't bore you with too many details about what we're doing day to day, and we don't send you too many emails. We won't change that!

But in a few days you will see ONE extra note from us, telling you how much we need your support. If you have enjoyed this year of Folklife Flashes, if you've learned something new or found a helpful resource, please beat us to the punch by clicking the "Donate" link right now. (It's right over there to your right . . . above the turkey . . . you got it!) Your help makes everything we do possible.
--Joy M. Salyers, Executive Director



Marty Richardson is a founding member of the Stoney Creek Singers and a leader in the Tutelo-Saponi language revitalization movement. “I’ve been involved in American Indian culture since I could walk. My parents pushed me out into the dance arena; I started out as a fancy dancer at pow-wows, and I still consider myself that.”

Richardson was born in Rocky Mount, and his family always maintained strong connections with the local Haliwa-Saponi community, even when they moved to the Baltimore area, where Richardson’s father took a job with the American Indian Center. “This was always home,” he says. “We may have lived in Baltimore, we never really called that home. This was where family was; this was where our roots were.” Learn more...

You Might Want To Know About...

  • Mississippi Folklife, the online reincarnation of a great publication about Southern traditional cultures.
  • Learn NC's curriculum guide on Teaching about American Indians in North Carolina and its store of lesson plans for various age groups.
  • Oyate's fantastic online store featuring items it feels "portray Native peoples in authentic, honest and culturally appropriate ways." Oyate also shares what it looks for in making selections, a great resource for teachers, librarians, and parents, among others.
  • "Bridging Collaborative Ethnography and Democratic Education," an article by Alison Kinney featuring North Carolina's Transplanting Traditions Community Farm and the traditions of ethnic Karen immigrants from Southeast Asia. Read the article in this month's Youth and Community issue of the Journal of Folklore and Education, downloadable free at Local Learning, the website of the National Network for Folk Arts in Education. 
In honor of their 100th Anniversary this past year, we're featuring the Country Dance and Song Society in our media corner. The Society works to preserve and promote folk dances like clogging, English sword dance, contra, and square dancing and the music and song traditions that characterize them. Read more...

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by Deborah Miller 

The holidays seem to turn the nostalgia dial up to eleven for many of us, especially when it comes to food.  We find comfort in the familiarity of the menu and we want them prepared the exact same way we had them at our table.  I certainly wouldn’t put my mother’s green bean casserole up against anyone else’s because it was just green beans, cream of mushroom soup topped with fried onions, but it somehow tasted better when she made it. 

Deborah Miller NC Food post "Happy Thanksgiving!" from November 30, 2014.

Oct. 29 - A packed house at UNC Chapel Hill's Dept.of American Studies heard from Public Folklore panelists (l-r) Sally Peterson, Jefferson Currie, Michelle Lanier, Tom Rankin, and Joy Salyers. 

A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle 

With families flocking together for the holidays, we decided to feature this DVD on the story of a gifted family from the rural South. A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle portrays the history of the Landis family of Granville County, North Carolina, over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Mrs. Bertha M. Landis, and features interviews, stories, and scenes from daily life. Learn more...

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