Southern Oregon Folklife Survey: Douglas Manger

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Folklife Network funding to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties. Folklorists LuAnne Kozma and Douglas Manger will be conducting the fieldwork. Kozma will be in Lake and Klamath counties starting at the end of October/ beginning of November (back in the spring!) while Manger will be in Harney and Malheur counties in April but will be begin contacting individuals in November. Read on for more information about Douglas Manger.

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Southern Oregon Folklife Survey: LuAnne Kozma

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Folklife Network funding to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties. Folklorists LuAnne Kozma and Douglas Manger will be conducting the fieldwork. Kozma will be in Lake and Klamath counties starting at the end of October/ beginning of November (back in the spring!) while Manger will be in Harney and Malheur counties in April but will be begin contacting individuals in November. Read on for more information about LuAnne Kozma.

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Southern Oregon Folklife Survey

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Folklife Network funding to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties. Folklorists LuAnne Kozma and Douglas Manger will be conducting the fieldwork. Kozma will be in Lake and Klamath counties starting at the end of October/ beginning of November (back in the spring!) while Manger will be in Harney and Malheur counties in April but will be begin contacting individuals in November.
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Traditional Artist Spotlight: Daniela Mahoney

Daniela Mahoney is a traditional egg decorator who uses decorating techniques from a variety of Eastern European traditions. Czech and Slovak egg decorating is associated with celebration of Spring and new life. The craft was connected to Pagan beliefs, and later used as a symbol in Christianity and Christ’s resurrection.

A frequent method Daniela employs while decorating eggs, batiking, utilizes hot wax and different colors of dye. She also creates patterns on eggs by using onion skins, yarn, plants, and straw.

Daniela’s grandmother originally taught her how to decorate eggs in the Czech Republic during Easter. Daniela came to Oregon in 1982 to join her fiancé; they married in 1983.

Slideshow presentations showing a variety egg decorating techniques can be found on Daniela’s artist web page.

Decorated eggs and a variety of traditional Czech items are available for purchase on Daniela Mahoney’s website.

Traditional Artist Spotlight: Nisha Joshi

by Josh Ehlers

Nisha Joshi’s love for music is a bond forged through family and community. Joshi, a Rajastani Folk and Classical musician, teaches the craft at her own school, The Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music in Portland, Oregon. Joshi teaches vocals, harmonium, and the tabla. Rajastani songs describe the daily life of the villagers and incorporate aspects of nature, religion, festivals, and important life events such as childbirth. Being relatively simple to learn, Rajastani music encourages group participation and dancing.

Rajastani folk music is traditional music from Rajasthan, a region located in the northwestern part of India. Instruments such as harmonium, dholak, manjeera, and ravanhatha traditionally accompany the vocalist in Rajastani music. Under the guide of her father, who stressed discipline in her music studies, Joshi gradually learned Rajastani music as her siblings, relatives and neighbors passed down songs to her.

Joshi performs both classical and folk repertoire, as well as sitar, at numerous community events, festivals, and concerts in the Northwest. As a result of her work with the Jack Straw Productions’ Traditional Artist Support Program, Joshi performed at the Seattle Folk Festival in 1996. Joshi’s time with this program also allowed her to professionally record Rajastani music. Joshi holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters in Indian Classical Music from University of Delhi, India and also holds a position on the concert committee for the Society for the Performing Arts of India.

The Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music website:
http://www.swaranjaliacademy.com

Arts in the Parks

Five of Oregon’s fabulous state parks were host to six of our state’s master folk & traditional artists during the month of June. From the Cascades, to the high desert, to the Willamette Valley, Oregon State Park visitors had the chance to learn about Wasco sally bags, Karuk basket making, fly tying, Coos and Kalapuya storytelling, old time music making, and a whole lot more. Park guests got to meet the artists, learn how traditions mesh with heritage, and spend one-on-one time with some of Oregon’s most interesting people.

Look for more Art in the Parks

Thanks to Mark Ross, Wilverna Reece, Lena Hurd, Sherry Steele, Pat Courtney Gold, and Esther Stutzman as well as the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, and all the local parks and arts services organizations that made 2013 Art in the Parks possible.

Upcoming Diversity Exhibit

An exhibit showcasing the various cultural groups OFN involves themselves with is currently in development. The exhibit will go up in the Knight Libraries’ East and West display areas in mid-September. The four cases will have panels focusing on specific aspects and people involved in Telling Our Stories, the Traditional Arts Program, the Grand Ronde Native Language Arts Apprenticeship Project, the Warm Springs Sound Preservation Program, and the Culture and Education Alliance. OFN is collaborating with the Library Diversity Committee, as well as Mandi Garcia and Cristian Boboia from the Image and Exhibit Services department to put on the exhibit.

Art in the Parks 2013

Celebrating folk art in Oregon with special presentations at state parks throughout the month of June.

Five Oregon artists will deliver special presentations about the history and cultural significance of their craft at state parks across Oregon during the month of June. “Art in the Parks” is sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with the University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Each artist will appear with a folklorist from the OFN, the state’s designated folk and traditional arts program, in collaboration with a local arts organization.

All events are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome—no registration is required. One-time day-use parking permits at Silver Falls State Park and Smith Rock State Park cost $5. For more information about the Oregon Folklife Network, visit http://ofn.uoregon.edu. For directions to the parks, visit www.oregonstateparks.org.

Visit our website for more information about the programs happening throughout Oregon’s state parks in June!

Confluence Project & TEDx Talk

What is Confluence Project?

At seven points along the Columbia River Basin, an unprecedented endeavor continues to unfold. Here, where rivers meet and indigenous people once gathered, the Confluence Project explores the intersection of environment, cultures and a regional history that reaches back many hundreds of years.

Confluence Project is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers. The project stretches more than 300 miles from where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean, to Clarkston, WA, with sites in both Oregon and Washington. Each of its seven sites features an art installation by Ms. Lin that interprets the area’s ecology and history, encouraging the visitor to reflect on how the surroundings have changed over time. Each references a passage from the Lewis and Clark journals.

With distinctive artworks and restored native habitat, the four currently completed sites create new points of contact – confluence – between nature and art; past, present and future; and the enduring communities of the Pacific Northwest-its Native People and more recent visitors and residents.

Confluence Project Artist, Lillian Pitt and her mentee, Toma Villa: TEDx Talk
A recent TEDx ConcordiaUPortland event included accomplished Pacific Northwest Native American artists, Lillian Pitt and Toma Villa. In this video, enjoy Lillian and Toma’s expressions of gratitude for what their ancestors have provided them, their passion for passing the gifts of their ancestors on to the next seven generations, and the ability of art to help them honor and share these gifts.

Watch the video HERE.

Telling Our Stories: Self-Documentation Toolkit

by Sanna Parikka, OFN Intern

This week, the Oregon Folklife Network presented an educational website called “Telling Our Stories” at the annual Latino Roots Celebration of the University of Oregon. The event was hosted by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United). “Telling Our Stories” is an interactive website which offers a guide to cultural documentation for anyone who would like to tell stories, whether they are about themselves, their family, or their community. The free and interactive lessons include beginner and advanced photography, video and audio recording, interviewing skills, drawing, community mapping, archiving, and more.

The website is currently in the beta-testing stage, and we welcome comments and questions at ofn@uoregon.edu.
Visit the Toolkit website at http://blogs.uoregon.edu/toolkit/.