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“What is folklife? … folklife is often hidden in full view, lodged in the various ways we have of discovering and expressing who we are and how we fit into the world… Folklife is community life and values, artfully expressed in myriad forms and interactions. Universal, diverse, and enduring, it enriches the nation and makes us a commonwealth of cultures.”

- Mary Hufford, American Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures. Washington: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

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  1.   Emily Afanadoron 24 May 2011 at 1:46 pm 1

    A message from the Program Manager…

    Howdy, Folks!
    Welcome to your hub for networking with Oregon’s folklife resources. Many people ask me about the word “folklife” – what it means and who it includes. Simply put, “folklife” is the everyday life of everyday folks. We folks who live in Oregon are ALL part of Oregon’s folklife. Whether we are newcomers, or oldtimers, native or transplants, we all bring our unique culture to build on the collective heritage of Oregon. And while our ethnic and family cultural practices contribute one piece of Oregon’s folklife, other pieces are the work that we do, the hobbies we enjoy, the games that we play, the ways that we worship, and all the activities in our daily life. Take a moment to count all the different groups of folk you engage with; share some examples with us! This will help us all see the diverse and dynamic range of folklife that springs up all across our state! Here are a few of my folklife activities. — Emily Afanador

    I am a filmmaker: Independent filmmaking is a growing culture in Oregon.
    I bead bracelets: I belong to a culture of jewelry makers.
    I play rock and folk music: Oregon has a thriving live music culture.
    My family picnics in the cemetery for Memorial Day: my family culture is unique!

    In what folk groups and practices do you participate??

  2.   Bill Murlinon 26 May 2011 at 10:53 pm 2

    I’m a folk musician. My duo has played together for 52 years. We specialize in Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River songs, written 70 years ago, May 1941 in Portland. We have performed these songs and told their stories for 24 years since I recovered and published them in 1987. Guthrie’s songs are part of the state’s cultural fabric – they tell part of our history and weave generations together.

  3.   Stewart Hendricksonon 12 Jul 2011 at 3:08 pm 3

    I’m a retired chemistry professor (St. Olaf College, Univ. of Washington), a folk musician (fiddle, voice, guitar), and co-director of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society http://pnwfolklore.org. The PNW Folklore Society was founded in Seattle in 1953, but was inactive for many years until we revived it in 2007. We are interested in collecting, preserving and presenting the folk music and folklore of the Pacific NW through our web site, our e-zine, NW HOOT http://pnwfolklore.org/nwhoot, and coffeehouse concerts in the Settle area. Your Oregon Folklife Network is a welcome addition to the Pacific NW. I look forward to working together on our common interests.

  4.   RaDiance Conseilon 04 Oct 2011 at 2:37 am 4

    Folklife seems much more homely than the word multicultural and seems to resonate a lot more homely to me. Being Australian and trying to become part of the aboriginal culture a lot more is a hard thing to do. Maybe if we all called it folklife down here we find it a lot easier to mix and join together as one.

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