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Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes. They include material culture, ranging from traditional building styles to handmade toys common to the group. Folklore also includes customary lore, the forms and rituals of celebrations such as Christmas and weddings, folk dances and initiation rites. Each one of these, either singly or in combination, is considered a folklore artifact. Just as essential as the form, folklore also encompasses the transmission of these artifacts from one region to another or from one generation to the next. Folklore is not something one can typically gain in a formal school curriculum or study in the fine arts. Instead, these traditions are passed along informally from one individual to another either through verbal instruction or demonstration. The academic study of folklore is called folklore studies or folkloristics, and it can be explored at undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels.

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Agnes Vanderburg and Kay Young on the Flathead Reservation, Northwestern Montana discussing preparations for a camas bake

Agnes Vanderburg and Kay Young on the Flathead Reservation, Northweste...

Agnes Vanderburg is a teacher of traditional skills at a heritage camp for children on the Flathead Reservation in northwestern Montana. Here she demonstrates the pit-roasting of camas bulbs, an edible root of ... More

Joe Mello's yard, North Common Housing Project, Lowell, Massachusetts

Joe Mello's yard, North Common Housing Project, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-9, Views of Joe Mello's yard, Lowell; 10, Chief Broken Arrow, Lowell North Common Housing Project

Various scenes, Lowell, Massachusetts

Various scenes, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, Young man fishing in canal at Ecumenical Square. See also TR-B173; 3-6, Yards and religious sculpture in Back Central, Lowell; 7-8, Fish salesmen park in Back Central area; 9, House, Back Centr... More

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple. 1-3, The Money counting table; 4, Money tree arriving; 5-6, The sisters cut money from the money trees; 7-8, Video monitor; 9, Money tree at the table

Yard of Joe Tymowicz and Lina Tymowicz home, Lowell, Massachusetts

Yard of Joe Tymowicz and Lina Tymowicz home, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, Religious sculpture in side yard of Joe and Lina Tymowicz; 3-4, Back yard of Lina and Joe; pear tree provides shade to sit under and Joe and Lina frequently sit there; 5, Front of the house. "V... More

Chief Broken Arrow and Honey Bear Rose, North Common Housing Project, Lowell, Massachusetts

Chief Broken Arrow and Honey Bear Rose, North Common Housing Project, ...

Index data: 1, Chief Broken Arrow; 2-3, Chief Broken Arrow and his wife Honey Bear Rose, North Common Housing Project; 4-9, Polish Wall murals, Centralville, Lowell; 10, Three kids in front of Polish Wall murals.

Holy Ghost Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Holy Ghost Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1, Monument to Greek Immigrants, near North Common Housing Project. Across from the site of the Giavis Store; 2-10, Flash malfunctions at Holy Ghost Park

Franco-American Day School, Lowell, Massachusetts

Franco-American Day School, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-3, Statuary in back of Franco-American School near the Grotto; 4-7, 14 Stations of the cross, in back of Franco-American School; 8-10, Dancing at Holy Ghost park, Sun lay, 09/06/87

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Lowell, Massachusetts

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Feast of Our Lady of Loreto. 1-10, Miscellaneous views of procession and end of procession

Puerto Rican Festival, City Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts

Puerto Rican Festival, City Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-3, Inside City Hall for ceremony; 4, Mayor Bobby Kennedy addressing those in attendance; 5, Crowd listening to Kennedy; 6, Jose Nieves addressing crowd. It is near this point when he said to the m... More

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-3, Facing small bag, view of wall, scale and two heavy bags, West End Gym, Middlesex Street, Lowell. Operated by Arthur Ramahlo; 4-6, View of boxing ring, West End Gym; 7, View of bench press and ... More

Interior of Arthur Ramalho's office, West End Boxing Club, Lowell, Massachusetts

Interior of Arthur Ramalho's office, West End Boxing Club, Lowell, Mas...

Index data: 2 1/4'' Color Transparency Film. 1, Interior of Arthur Ramalho's office, West End Boxing Club,

North Common housing project, Lowell, Massachusetts

North Common housing project, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-4, Pictures of Albanian man who lives in North Common housing project. I will add name later; 5, Interior of his house in North Common Project; 6-7, Views from the roof of the North Common Housing... More

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-10, Miscellaneous photos from West End Gym

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-3, View of ring and wall, West End Gym, Middlesex Street, Lowell, operated by Arthur Ramalho; 4, View of ring and clock, West End Gym; 5, Self portrait of myself, West End Gym; 6, View of Wall, be... More

Liberty Video, Appleton St., Lowell, Massachusetts

Liberty Video, Appleton St., Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, Michael Bell and Doug DeNatale at table in Southeast Asian Restaurant; 3-4, Portraits of Narong Hul standing by racks of videos; 5, Male and female workers standing behind counter. The male wor... More

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, Wall of West End Gym; 3, Under flashed picture of boxer working on bag; 4, Boxer on bag; 5-7, Walls of Arthur Ramalho's office; 8, Wall of West End Gym; 9, Doug DeNatale at West End Gym; 10, Bo... More

Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1, Spectator at recording session of Leo Vasquez, North Common, Puerto Rican Festival; 2, same as above; 3, Leo Vasquez, North Common; 4, Leo Vasquez, North Common; 5-6, Leo Vasquez with daughter, N... More

Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, Marie Montano interviewing cooks at Pasteles and Pinchos stand at Puerto Rican festival, North Common, Lowell; 3-4, Cook with decorative hat at Pasteles and Pinchos stand, North Common; 5, Mari... More

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-2, View of boxing ring, West End Gym, Middlesex Street, Lowell, operated by Arthur Ramalho; 3-4, View of heavy bag and door way, West End Gym; 5-6, Heavy bag wall of posters and mirrors, West End ... More

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Lowell, Massachusetts

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Feast of Our Lady of Loreto. 1-10, Misc. views of procession through Back Central

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple. 1, Counting money from a money tree; 2-4, Monks eating after fast. They must begin eating before 12 noon; 5-6, Kitchen at temple where much of the food ... More

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

West End Gym, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: 1-10, Miscellaneous photos from West End Gym

Beauty contest, Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

Beauty contest, Puerto Rican Festival, North Common Park, Lowell, Mass...

Index data: 1-10, Beauty contest, Puerto Rican festival, North Common, Lowell

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple. 1-4, Preparing food in the kitchen of the temple; 5, Larry Flynn at the temple; 6, Money tree arriving and being counted; 7, Money tree; 8-9, Recording ... More

Phnom Penh Market, Market St., Lowell, Massachusetts

Phnom Penh Market, Market St., Lowell, Massachusetts

Numbers refer to sequence of images, not to frame numbers. 1-2, Interior of Phnom Penh Market, Market Street. Customers at counter; 3, Posters on window, exterior shot; 4, View of facade, with customers coming ... More

Home altar at apartment of Bienvenida Figaroa, Lowell, Massachusetts; Los Compadres grocery store, Lowell, Massachusetts; Transfiguration Church, Lowell, Massachusetts

Home altar at apartment of Bienvenida Figaroa, Lowell, Massachusetts; ...

1-2, Long view of home altar in apartment of Bienvenida Figaroa; 3-7, Closeups of home altar; 8, Blurred shot of shelves at Los Compadres grocery; 9, Adolescent male behind counter at Los Compadres grocery; 10,... More

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple, Lowell, Massachusetts

Index data: Money Tree Celebration, Trairatanaram Temple. 1, Couple arriving with money tree; man over shoulder is from security company, there to protect money; 2, Chanting; 3, Bringing food to the monks who h... More

Carnaval celebration, Holy Ghost Society, Lowell, Massachusetts; Carnaval Celebration; St. Anthony Parish Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts

Carnaval celebration, Holy Ghost Society, Lowell, Massachusetts; Carna...

Index data: 1, Two teenage girls dancing; 2-3, Small boys leaning over edge of stage, watching band play; 4, Dance floor, two teenage girls dancing together in foreground; 5-6, Boy with plastic guitar, in tuxed... More

James Mavrick and Eugenia Mavrick, Haverhill, Massachusetts; Carnaval celebration, Holy Ghost Society, Lowell, Massachusetts

James Mavrick and Eugenia Mavrick, Haverhill, Massachusetts; Carnaval ...

Index data: 1-2, James C. Mavrick. Closeup on couch, playing F-hole Epiphone guitar; 3, James C. Mavrick and Eugenia J. Mavrick on couch, he is on left, she is on right, mikes and stands visible in foreground; ... More

Cosmopolitan Market, Lowell, Massachusetts; Ymittos Candle Company, Lowell, Massachusetts

Cosmopolitan Market, Lowell, Massachusetts; Ymittos Candle Company, Lo...

Numbers refer to sequence of images, not to frame numbers. COSMOPOLITAN MARKET. 1, View of display of olive oil cans in window of store, from interior of store; 2, Same as 1, close-up, with Holy Trinity Church ... More

Portraits of Paul Marion, Lowell, Massachusetts; James Mavrick and Eugenia Mavrick, North Haverhill, Massachusetts

Portraits of Paul Marion, Lowell, Massachusetts; James Mavrick and Eug...

Index data: 1, Side view; 2, Three-quarter view; 3-4, Three-quarter view, gesturing with arms; 5, Three-quarter view, writing in notebook; 6-7, Same as 5, looking up; 8-9, James C. and Eugenia J. Mavrick, sitti... More

Carnaval celebration, St. Anthony Parish Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts; Carnaval celebration, Pioneer Club, Lowell, Massachusetts

Carnaval celebration, St. Anthony Parish Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts; ...

Index data: 1, Troupe of young men, wearing white, sequin-trimmed costumes, and cowboy type hats. Man playing saxophone in middle, man costumed as doctor to right; 2, Same troupe, dark exposure; 3, Henry DeSilv... More

Folklore music map of the United States from the Primer of American Music

Folklore music map of the United States from the Primer of American Mu...

Copyright Hagstrom Map Company, Inc., NY, Lic. No.: H-2194.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother. A shape book. Title from illustrated paper cover. Toy book cut in the shape of a standing Little Red Riding Hood, with a wolf... More

Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings : the folk-lore of the old plantation

Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings : the folk-lore of the old plan...

First state or printing, Cf. BAL. Includes 8 p. of publisher's advertisements at end. Blanck, J. Bibliography of American literature, 7100 Haviland, V. Yankee Doodle's literary sampler, p. 272-276 Blanck, J. ... More

Negro myths from the Georgia coast told in the vernacular,

Negro myths from the Georgia coast told in the vernacular,

Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.

A dog of Flanders; a Christmas story,

A dog of Flanders; a Christmas story,

Also available in digital form.

Black Beauty,

Black Beauty,

Also available in digital form.

Fairies and folk of Ireland,

Fairies and folk of Ireland,

Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.

More Celtic fairy tales,

More Celtic fairy tales,

Also available in digital form.

Tige--his story,

Tige--his story,

Also available in digital form.

Towser Dog's story,

Towser Dog's story,

Also available in digital form.

Lady Shepp and her friends,

Lady Shepp and her friends,

Also available in digital form.

Stories to read or tell from fairy tales and folklore,
Toby,

Toby,

The story of a dog. Also available in digital form.

The story my doggie told to me,

The story my doggie told to me,

Also available in digital form.

The story of five dogs

The story of five dogs

Also available in digital form.

The story of Jack; a tale of the North,

The story of Jack; a tale of the North,

Also available in digital form.

Bobby Bruin of the Big Horn Mountains,

Bobby Bruin of the Big Horn Mountains,

Also available in digital form.

Indian nature myths,

Indian nature myths,

Also available in digital form.

Jewish fairy stories;

Jewish fairy stories;

Printed in Great Britain. Also available in digital form.

Puss in boots, jr., and Tom Thumb

Puss in boots, jr., and Tom Thumb

Also available in digital form.

Wonder tales from Russia,

Wonder tales from Russia,

Also available in digital form.

Prince Jan, St. Bernard; how a dog from the land of snow made good in the land of no snow,
Frank of Freedom Hill,

Frank of Freedom Hill,

Also available in digital form.

Dog heroes of many lands,

Dog heroes of many lands,

Also available in digital form.

Pep, the story of a brave dog,

Pep, the story of a brave dog,

Also available in digital form.

Sandy Oorang,

Sandy Oorang,

Also available in digital form.

Indian nature myths,

Indian nature myths,

Also available in digital form.

John Lamb
"Blues" Songs

"Blues" Songs

Song lyrics

Folklore
B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-01

B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Julian...

B.K. Silverlake was born in 1946 to Emma and Raymond Duke, a circus family. She outlined their history with various circuses and her life with Melvin Silverlake, who was also from a circus family. B.K. explaine... More

Michael Fulton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-08-12

Michael Fulton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana...

Mike Fulton, born in 1957, entered the circus industry at a young age and discussed how that came about. After high school graduation, the family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma. He held various jobs within the circus ... More

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