By Anne Pryor
The Oregon Folklife Network partnered with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs’ Culture and Heritage Department and the Warm Springs K-8 Academy to run a pilot Folklife Field School for rising 8th graders in Warm Springs, Oregon. Anne Pryor was lead instructor with assistants Makaela Kroin and Emily Ridout of OFN, and collaborator Dana Smith of the CTWS Culture and Heritage Archives. During the first week, 11 students documented their family traditions and presented their findings to the Warm Springs community. The following week students visited the University of Oregon in Eugene, presented again to a campus community, and toured the university. Each student earned a UO Folklore undergraduate credit, starting them on their pathway to higher education. Their fieldwork and presentations will be deposited in the CTWS archives.
Funding for this project has come from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion along with generous in-kind donations from the CTWS K-8 Academy, UO Duck Store, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, and the UO Many Nations Longhouse.
Makaela Kroin, OFN’s Program Coordinator, will be documenting OFN’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, curating an exhibit on music in the Columbia River Gorge, and co-coordinating our summer 2017 Folklife Fieldschool. Kroin is also serving as OFN’s emerging folklorist in the NEA-funded folklife survey of the Portland Metro counties, where she’ll be working alongside veteran folklorists Nancy Nusz and Douglas Manger. Besides working on the folklife survey, Kroin will continue to document OFN’s master artists for the Traditional Arts.
Kroin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Science from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Folklore from the University of Oregon. Kroin served as OFN’s Summer Folklore Fellow, co-coordinated OFN’s collaborative Folklife Fieldschool (read more above), and conducted videographic documentation of several master artists.
As part of her MA program, Kroin produced an exhibit for the OFN and a documentary highlighting the history and revitalization of hop growing in Oregon. That exhibit is now on permanent display at the Independence Heritage Museum, where it was featured in the 2016 Independence “Hops & Heritage Festival.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Alina Mansfield is OFN’s new Graduate Student Assistant, who will be working alongside Brad McMullen, who will be completing a second year as an OFN GSA. Mansfield is a second year Master’s student in Folklore. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she designed her own Folklore and Mythology major. A contributor to the Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife, Mansfield is currently researching Mardi Gras traditions in Mobile, Alabama and Biloxi, Mississippi. She is an avid collector of supernatural memorates and is fascinated by contemporary legends, the occurrence of traditional tale types and motifs in television, the folklore of dreaming, and divination practices.
Good-bye Vanessa… We also extend our profound thanks to Vanessa Cutz, who volunteered at the OFN over the summer. Vanessa graduated with her masters in Folklore from the University of Oregon in 2016. We appreciate all your great work Vanessa!
In the spring of this year, folklorists Douglas Manger from Texas, and Joseph O’Connell from North Carolina, took to the highways and byways of Eastern Oregon to carry out OFN’s third year of our multi-year statewide folklife survey. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Historical Society, Douglas and Joe visited the Eastern Oregon counties of Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes. Through this fieldwork, the OFN identifies and documents traditional artists who might later apply for our Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program or be recommended for the Oregon Culture Keepers Roster.
Douglas Manger has been working as a folklorist for twenty years. Early in his career, Manger served as director of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance in Pennsylvania, where he documented folk artists and curated exhibits and other programs. Manger later managed the folk and traditional arts program at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore overseeing initiatives across nine states and jurisdictions. At Mid Atlantic, Manger project managed the award-winning publication, From Bridge to Boardwalk: An Audio Journey Across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In 2007, Manger returned to his home state of Texas and founded HeritageWorks, which has been responsible for multi-year regional folklife field surveys in South and East Texas for the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, in Baton Rouge and vicinity for the Louisiana Folklife Program, in Eastern Oregon (Malheur and Harney counties in 2014; Deschutes, Crook, Baker, and Union counties, spring 2016) and the Portland Metro (fall 2016) for the Oregon Folklife Network.
Joseph O’Connell, who received an MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon in 2009, works in public folklore, public media, and independent music. After leaving Oregon, he joined the staff of Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) as the program’s primary fieldworker. O’Connell led several region- and topic-driven survey projects at TAI, including the first extensive cultural documentation of Indiana’s architectural stone industry. Now living in Raleigh, North Carolina, O’Connell contributes to projects of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, local NPR affiliate WUNC-FM, and the folk-rock band Elephant Micah. He spent several weeks during April and May of 2016 working with Douglas Manger to document folk artists in Wallowa, Grant, and Wheeler counties. Continue reading
Oregon Folklife Network RFP: Due August 5, 2016
Folklore Fieldworkers for Portland Metro
FY2017 (November 2016)
The Oregon Folklife Network seeks to hire one or two emerging/early career folklorists (1-3 years’ experience in public folklore or with non-degree focused folklife fieldwork) to work in collaboration with veteran folklorists Nancy Nusz and Douglas Manger during the month of November 2016. Folklorists will conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of cultural, occupational, regional, and religious traditions in the Portland Metro counties of Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill, Columbia, and Clackamas (fieldwork regions will be divvied up based on the experience and backgrounds of those selected). OFN Executive Director, Riki Saltzman, will supervise this project and veteran folklorists Nancy Nusz and Douglas Manger will mentor the emerging folklorists during fieldwork. This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
This summer, the OFN invites you to join us for a social media folk festival! We all have summer traditions that we repeat every year to make the season great – favorite camping spots, July 4th celebrations, special family outings, or tried and true ways to keep cool. As you enjoy these activities all summer long, tell us about them using the hashtag #summerlore. For each post you tag on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be entered into a raffle for an awesome swag bag!
Here’s some ideas to get you started!
- Music festival fan? Tell us what you do to get ready for the festival!
- Have a favorite summer recipe you make every year? Let us know how to make it!
- Have a great way to entertain the kids at home from school? Share it with us!
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Video and Exhibit by Makaela Kroin
Hoplore: Hop Culture in Oregon, OFN’s newest exhibit, traces over 150 years of hops cultivation in Oregon through worker profiles, farm tools, historical photographs, and a short documentary. While Oregon’s heritage hop yards are 3rd and 4th-generation family businesses, small hop farms are enjoying a renaissance throughout the Willamette Valley, revitalizing and re-envisioning hop cultivation and its traditional practices.
Beginning in this spring, the Oregon Folklife Network started year three of our multi-year Statewide Folklife Survey, this time in the Eastern Oregon counties of Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes. As part of this work, UO Folklore graduate students and OFN staff joined our contract folklorists, Douglas Manger and Joe O’Connell, to observe and apply best ethnographic practices. As a side benefit, they get to experience some of the wonders of Oregon and meet great traditional artists. This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as by the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon.
Click the links below to read reflections on those fieldwork experiences in Eastern Oregon.
Folklore Fieldwork in Wheeler County
Folklore Fieldwork in Deschutes and Crook County
During 2015-16, year two of our Statewide Folklife Survey, OFN contract folklorists Nancy Nusz and Debbie Fant traveled all over the Columbia River Gorge counties of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Jefferson, Morrow, and Umatilla as well as to the Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs and the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla to learn about the diverse cultural traditions of this region. Both also presented the results of their fieldwork at various sites in those counties. This project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as by the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon.
Click on each story head line below to read just a bit of what they learned. Many of the culture keepers they documented are or will soon be part of the Oregon Culture Keepers Roster.
Western Gorge, Oregon – Nancy Nusz
Eastern Gorge – Deborah Fant
Randi Johnson, Cowboy Poet
The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement are several awards for the Oregon Folklife Network and its partners. First, a $55,000 Art Works award to the OFN to extend our Statewide Folklife Survey to the Portland Metro area. Second, a $50,000 Partnership grant to the OFN to continue the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and the Technical Assistance Collaboration awards, and a $45,000 Art Works award to our partner, the Four Rivers Cultural Center (Ontario, Oregon) to hire a part-time Staff Folklorist to extend OFN’s cultural programming to Eastern Oregon.
The University of Oregon Central Oregon is proudly sponsoring a four-part series of performances by Oregon Folklife Network artists. The series is hosted by the High Desert Museum and sponsored by UO departments Academic Extension, University Advancement, UO Alumni Association, and Central Oregon Ducks.