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The Nightcrawler King

While growing up in rural Indiana during World War II, William Fagaly began his first venture—collecting and selling earthworms to locals—from which he was christened with a childhood moniker. The ...

Folklore Recycled

By Frank de Caro
Categories: Folklore

Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts starts from the proposition that folklore—usually thought of in its historical social context as “oral tradition”—is easily appropriated and recycled ...

Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster

By William Dunlap
Introduction by Jane Livingston
Categories: Biography And Memoir

O. W. “Pappy” Kitchens (1901–1986) was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and began painting at age sixty-seven. His self-taught, narrative, visual art springs directly from the oral tradition ...

The Island of Lace

By Eric A. Eliason
Photographs by Scott Squire
Categories: Art And Architecture

Nicknamed the “Island of Lace,” the Caribbean island of Saba is the smallest special municipality in the Netherlands. Folklorist Eric A. Eliason, at the behest of the president of the Saba Lace Ladies’ ...

Riding with Death

On the southern end of the Grand Rue, a major thoroughfare that runs through the center of Port-au-Prince, waits the Haitian capital's automobile repair district. This veritable junkyard of steel and ...

New York State Folklife Reader

Edited by Elizabeth Tucker & Ellen E. McHale
Categories: Folklore

New York and its folklore scholars hold an important place in the history of the discipline. In New York dialogue between folklore researchers in the academy and those working in the public arena has ...

Curatorial Conversations

Contributions by Robert Baron, Betty Belanus, Olivia Cadaval, James I. Deutsch, C. Kurt Dewhurst, James Early, Amy Horowitz, Marjorie Hunt, Richard Kennedy, Sojin Kim, Marsha MacDowell, Diana Baird N'Diaye, ...

Outsider Art

Outsider art has exploded onto the international art scene, gaining widespread attention for its startling originality and visual power. As an expression of raw creativity, outsider art remains associated ...

Embroidered Stories

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. Out of the artifacts of their memory and imagination, ...

Botánicas

Botánicas is an exploration in text and photographs of spiritual shops found in Latino neighborhoods throughout the United States. Readers discover these marvelous spaces and their alternative spiritualties ...