Louise Sanders presentation at the 1986 Summer Folk Culture Seminar

Date: July 10, 1989

Source: S1576 , Container 24 , C89-31, C89-32, C89-33, C89-34, C89-35, C89-36, C89-37, C89-38, C89-39

Type: Sound

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  • Nine audio cassettes. The theme this year was "Folklife and Immigration." C89-31: Nancy Nusz and Ormond Loomis open the Seminar. Olivia Cadaval is the primary speaker. She opens with a discussion of her family's background and traditions as immigrants. She also discusses her ethnicity as a Latin American; layers of identity; definitions of culture; folk culture and folklife; festivals; aesthetic use of space; identity through items and structures; participant view of folk culture; institutions within the community; material culture and how it is meaningful to us; elite, popular, and folk culture as a continuum. C89-32: Olivia Cadaval continues her discussion focusing on time concept; pop pressure; defines folk culture-groups/communities; ethnicity and material culture; "built environment"; extended family in the neighborhood, community, home, occupation, religion, society, etc.; regionalism; border traditions; stereotypes. She approaches these subjects from a Latin American perspective referring to terms such as comadres and copadres, and subjects such as the Virgen de Guadalupe. C89-33: Olivia Cadaal continues her discussion on stereotypes focusing on such subjects as virgins; significant plants; Spanish bayonet; the piñata. Nancy Nusz conducts/discusses community building. Olivia Cadaval on the immigrant home. C89-34: Continuation of Olivia Cadaval on the immigrant home; discussion of occupational traditions including Curly Dekle and whipmaking; Haitian traditions; society at work; hierarchies; illustration of traditional occupations. C89-35: Discussion of occupations is continued. Ricki Saltzman discusses folk religion and Jewish folklore and ethnicity; foodways in religion; the Jewish religious year and generational upbringing; Jewish cookbooks as showing community value; variation differences between ideal and reality; festive foodways; wedding, birthday, and funeral customs. Specific aspects of the topics mentioned include Eastern Europe; the Passover/Easter; Torah; Mezuzah. C89-36: Riki Saltzman continues her discussion with ways to get children and their families to use/investigate folklore; ritual comparison (Kwanza is used as an example). Seminar attendees form groups of three, interview one another, and discuss results. Olivia Cadaval discusses folk examples of today; shows video clips of neighborhood celebrations seen and discussed; ethnic community celebrations (Corpus Christi, Holy Cross, and comparsa used as examples). C89-37: Olivia Cadaval continues discussion of community celebrations and material culture; toys. She reviews folk culture and material culture and discusses it as applied to folk art (Seminole art used as example). C89-38: Nancy Nusz continues discussion of folk art and discusses examples such as the Quetzal (bird symbolic of Guatemala). Slides are shown. There is an indication that a machine breaks part way into Side B - the index sheet does not specify whether it is tape recorder or slide machine. C89-39: Slideshow of folk artisans discussed.

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