|It’s an exciting time for NYFS as we reinvigorate our network and expand our impact across the state through our services and programs for the folklore field and traditional artists. Our members have been the heart and soul of the New York Folklore Society for more than 70 years, and your involvement is important to us!|
FALL-WINTER 2017/2018 VOICES
From Trapper’s Cabin To Festival Stage: The Evolution of an Adirondack Storyteller
Varick A. Chittenden
Thomas J. MacPherson
You’ll See Our Tracks: The Raquette River Dams Oral History Project
Gouging Tradition: Musings on Fingernail Fiddle Making
Eric L. Ball
And columns by Dan Berggren, Joseph Bruchac, Molly Garfinkel, Elena Martínez, Jennifer Morrissey, Nancy Solomon, Libby Tucker, and Steve Zeitlin and book reviews by Frieda Toth and Nancy Scheemaker.
REDC AWARD ANNOUNCED
Ellen McHale, NYFS Executive Director, announced: “The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce that we received a $75,000 workforce development grant through the Regional Economic Development Council program.” (December 15, 2017). Read more on the NYFS Facebook.
Ask a Professor: GABRIELLE BERLINGER
Congratulations to New York Folklore Society Board member, Gabrielle Berlinger, for her interview at JSTOR Daily.
|Gabrielle, a professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is the author of the new book Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture from Indiana University Press. |
Gabrielle says: “When I tell people I’m a folklorist, they say that I must be a great storyteller and ask me what fairy tale or legend is my favorite. I have to explain that I don’t specialize in these well-known narrative traditions, and that Folklore Studies actually encompasses many different expressive traditions—verbal, material, and performative—that are passed down through the generations by oral transmission or practice. Folklorists study song, dance, religious and ritual performance, cooking, dress and body adornment, occupational labor, artistic production, architecture, and many, many more forms of expressive culture. By bridging the social sciences and humanities through the use of both ethnographic fieldwork and formal textual analysis, folklorists analyze everyday creative performances such as graffiti art, carpet weaving, religious home altars, or children’s handclapping games to learn about individual worldviews, shared cultural beliefs, community values, and social conditions.
Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations.
NYFS supports continued
resettlement in the United States.
|Local Refugee Communities Celebrated in “Creating Refuge” programs|
at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC)
March 10 and 17, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Refugees living in Rochester will share
traditional cultural practices with the public during programs organized by the New York Folklore Society. These events are the result of the New
York State Council on the Arts’ Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development
Initiative, a year-long effort to document and present the everyday traditions of Monroe
County carried out by folklorist Hannah Davis.
Creating Refuge: Bhutanese-Nepali Life in Rochester, NY
March 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bhutanese-Nepali community members will share a selection of traditional dances and invite attendees to learn simple dance steps. Attendees will also have an opportunity to
observe and learn about traditional knitting and dumpling-making. At 3 p.m. in the
Bausch Auditorium, Davis will present a general overview of her documentation.
Creating Refuge: Karenni Life in Rochester, NY
Karenni community members display customary
clothing worn most often for special events. Photo by Hannah
March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Karenni community members will share
their own traditional dances and similarly
invite attendees to learn simple dance
steps. Dancers will be accompanied by
local Karenni musicians. Attendees will
also have an opportunity to observe and
learn about traditional foods, flute-making,
and customary clothing.
From Burma’s Kayah State, many Karenni fled to refugee camps during conflicts in the
mid-‘90s. Their resettlement in Rochester began in the mid-2000s. After living in refugee
camps as the result of ethnic cleansing, Bhutanese-Nepali families were first settled in
Rochester in 2008.
Both “Creating Refuge” events are free with museum admission. Free parking is
available on the RMSC campus. More information about RMSC is available at
These events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the
support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Their
organization has been aided by the generous, collaborative spirit of the following
organizations and individuals: community consultants Lachuman Pokhrel, Hemlal
Suberi, and Lin Lin; Karenni Rochester Youth; Rochester Refugee Resettlement
Services; the RIT Industrial Design program; the RIT Museum Studies program; the RIT
School of Individualized Studies; and Foodlink.
|In Harm’s Way|
COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE
October 28, 2017 – October 1, 2018
Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
A partnership with the New York Folklore Society, this timely exhibition explores local responses to hurricanes, the devastating impact natural disasters have on communities, and the resiliency of our neighbors.
SEE PHOTOS from the opening of the exhibit, “In Harm's Way: Community Responses to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” mounted in collaboration with Long Island Traditions and the Schenectady County Historical Society.
Thanks to all who attended the opening!
From left, Bryan Printup, a member of the Tuscarora Nation; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Ellen McHale, director of the New York Folklore Society; and Thomas van Buren, president of the New York Folklore Society’s board of directors, opening the Symposium.
Cultural Migration: Displacement & Renewal
Visit the Program Page for more details
Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement
in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of New York
September 8–9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
View the PHOTOS FROM THE SYMPOSIUM
Funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Humanities New York, National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Folklore Society
Folklife in the Southern Tier
Postponed by snow. Stay tuned for rescheduling of this program.
Learn about Upstate Regional Representative Hannah Davis’s fieldwork in Broome County, try traditional Czech treats, and take a spin on the dance floor. Hannah will be joined by dancers from the Czechoslovak Moravan Club, who will perform a few dances and teach attendees basic steps before asking them to join them on the dance floor. Zahzvornik (ginger cookies) and kolachki (filled cookies) will be available to try. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Visit the Gallery of
New York Artists
at the NYFS
129 Jay Street
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
SHOP NY Traditions Online
Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!
|STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing. |
Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale gathered oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry.
160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index
William G. Pomeroy Foundation
LEGENDS AND LORE MARKER GRANTS
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York’s history. In just one year, we funded 14 markers. READ MORE about the program, eligibility, grant deadlines, see photos and hear podcast.