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Folklife Flashes
June 2016

Celebrate our state's folklife and traditions!

Message from the Director

June is humming, and summer is coming. NC Folk is hard at work preparing for the July launch of its new website, which includes a brand-new North Carolina folk artist directory, a database of working folklorists in the Old North State, and the early sprouts of INsideNC, our first podcast series. You'll find us on the path to staging the biggest, baddest National Folk Festival ever, with our friends from the NC Arts Council.  Stay tuned!

Teanh Prat, Cambodian Cultural Center


The Cambodian Cultural Center in Lexington, NC practices an ancient sport called teanh prat. This game, known on playgrounds far and wide as tug-of-war, is an ancient tugging ritual that derives from Cambodia, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The cultural significance of this game in world history was officially recognized when UNESCO placed it on the UN Cultural Heritage List in 2015.

Find out more about the North Carolina's wealth of cultural diversity at the 76th National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC this September 9-11th, 2016.


  • Check out the wealth of NC grown produce, available throughout the summer at NC Pick Your Own.
  • They can also show you how to put up and can all the stuff you can't eat immediately!
  • And be sure to check EVERYTHING that is going on in September at the National Folk Festival 9, 10, 11 2016. North Carolina is just the start of it.
  • With 79 shares, our Facebook fans have told us you might want to know about this June story from the Charlotte Observer: "NC man planting shrub unearths cache of prehistoric weapons."
  • Did you know June is Immigrant Heritage Month? Check out stories and events here -- wonder how we can get more North Carolina stories represented?!

Cambodian Cultural Center Dance Performance


Watch a CCC (Cambodian Cultural Center) of NC traditional Cambodian dance performance. A full list of video performances can be found on their facebook site, CCC of NC.

Connect With Us


by Frances Dowell 

The civilized blueberry moved to North Carolina in the early half of the 20th century. Wild blueberries have been growing in the piney woods of the eastern shores since the beginning of time (or thereabouts), but it wasn’t until one Harold Huntington of Montclair, NJ, cleared a thousand acres in Pender County . . . . Read more here...

Frances Dowell, NC Food post "June is North Carolina Blueberry Month," from June 2013.

We want to thank our amazing UNC-APPLES intern volunteers, Miller Winston, Ashton Lee Copeland, and Kate Thompson (pictured here)! Together they researched and edited an AMAZING version of NC Folk's new Handbook for NC Folk Artists! It'll be on our new website in July! 
Come Go Home With Me: Stories by Sheila Kay Adams


Sheila Kay Adams—who just won a North Carolina Heritage Award—has been performing Appalachian ballads and telling stories for over twenty years. A native of Madison County, North Carolina, she was introduced to the tale-telling tradition by her great-aunt ‘Granny,’ well-known balladeer Dellie Chandler Norton. Purchase your copy here from NC Folk...

From NC Folk's online shop, through our partnership with Barnes and Noble.
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