fieldwork Archive

Summer Reading Series: An Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook

This begins Part One is a new series for the Seed and the Story column, which runs here on the Boiled Down Juice and in two Arkansas newspapers. This season-long series will highlight books that help us gain a deeper understanding of the central Arkansas region and related topics. We’d love for this series to
Category: Arkansas

The Myth of Humanities and the Concept Of Usefulness.

Many of our readers are cultural workers with some background in the humanities. If that describes you, chances are you’ve spent a great deal of time fielding questions of the “what exactly do you expect to do with that degree?” variety. So, yeah, what do you expect to do with it? Those of us with
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When the Tangible is Jeopardized the Intangible Remains: Reflections of AFS

Last October folklorists from around the world gathered for the annual yearly meeting of the American Folklore Society. Congregating in New Orleans, last year’s conference theme was “The Continuity and Creativity of Culture.” One of the most useful things about these conferences isn’t what they provide in the immediate sense, but the ways in which
Category: Folklife

Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
Category: Animals

The Outport as Penurb: Debating the Idea of Rural by Nic Hartmann

Today’s post comes from our regular contributor, Nic Hartmann, a folklorist and PhD candidate at  Memorial University of Newfoundland. Building on his last post exploring concepts of rethinking community, Hartman explores the term “Penurb” and penurbia”—what scholar Joseph Goddard calls those “communities in a rural setting that are influenced by metropolitan ideas and people.” Hartman examines the role
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Friday Video: Schools That Change Communites

We discovered today’s Friday Video via the Boggs Center’s recent post (thanks Boggs Center!) Produced by Bob Gliner, Schools That Change Communitues follows the path of a few public schools around the nation that are rethinking the process of education, getting out of the classroom and into the community and seeking to strengthen inter-generational bonds, communicate across
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McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action Fall Internship

The McElroy House Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community Action is offering a fall internship for students at Arkansas Tech University.  The independent study will focus on documenting and partnerning with both gardens and farmer’s markets in the area. To learn more visit the McElroy House’s full description online here.  To download and share
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The Seed and the Story: Photography and the Creation of the Ozark St-Francis National Forests

In 1981 the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service published a book by Sharon M.W. Bass’s entitled, For the Trees: An Illustrated History of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 1908-1978.  Tracing the development of the forest from its early beginnings in 1908 as only the second National Forest and the first
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The Seed and the Story for January 25, 2012: Visiting with Bud Rector

The Seed and the Story is a bi-weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media! You can follow the Boiled Down Juice on Facebook and Twitter.  If you enjoy our posts,
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“A Knit Culture,” article in Courier.

I’m a bit late in posting this, but here is a link to the story on Knit Night at Knit 2 Together Yarn Shop in Russellville, Arkansas. A radio piece featuring interviews from the evening is in the works and should be done by (crossing fingers) next week. It will be my first foray into
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