American Folklife Center
of the Library of Congress
maintains a very rich website, including a number of on-line archival
My History is America's History
from the National
Endowment for the Humanities is a wonderful exchange of American's family and
personal stories, along with lots of resources for conducting local oral
is the Smithsonian
American Art Museum's interactive, educational webzine for teachers and
students featuring the Museum's collection of art by Latino artists.
String Figure Association
maintains a page that
explores the wonderful world of string figures.
Mathematics and Origin of String Figures
site looks at string figures or cat cradles "from the viewpoint of knot theory
every string figure - each one of the 2000 known figures and every figure yet
to be invented - is the 'trivial knot', an unknotted loop of string."
for MultiMedia History
, Vol 3, 2000. In the article
"Miner's Work, Miner's Photographer: The Life and Work of George Harvan, "a
number of recorded interviews are both transcribed and available in audio form.
This is a great way for students to listen to a conducted interview and to
track the differences between spoken and transcribed words.
, from the Chicano Library at UCLA has short
articles, oral histories, photos, and audio clips on Latino traditions in
religion, narrative, music, games food, festivals, arts and Dia de los Muertos.
Traditional Artists and Life's Passages
from the Oregon Folklife Program beautifully features short articles and photos
on rites of passage as they're conducted by many different cultural groups
living in the United States.
Poets on the Internet
, from the Western Folklife
Center, provides webcasting of the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko,
of International Folk Art
The mission of the Museum of International Folk Art is to enrich the human spirit by connecting people with the arts, traditions, and cultures of the world.
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) explores the dynamics of artistic expression in the context of cultural change. Through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the museum expands perceptions of folk art and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity, community and aesthetics.
, by California mariachi musician and
teacher, Laura Sobrino, includes educational resources and a section on the
history of women in mariachi music Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage has photos and audio clips from past Folklife Festivals, including the
1998 festival that featured both Wisconsin and the Baltic Nations, and the 1999
festival that featured Romania.
South Georgia Folklife Project
includes audio programs
with photos about traditional life in south Georgia. Curricula, Lesson Plans
from the National Endowment for the Humanities
contains subject-based access to top humanities sites, lesson plans, at-home
activities, and additional learning activities in literature, language arts,
foreign language, art, culture, history and social studies.
, from the Louisiana Folklife Program, is an
extensive online curriculum on Louisiana traditional arts and culture.
Guide to Oral History
by Judith Moyer (rev. 1999) is a
comprehensive guide to conducting oral history projects. Clearing Houses
or Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers
, is sponsored
by City Lore and has many excellent resources for teachers involved with
the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach
based at the University of Michigan School of Information, is a clearing-house
for culturally centered websites that maintains a current list and archives of
past recommended sites.
Educational Cyber Play Ground
, maintains lots of
national and international links directly related to folk and traditional arts
in K-12 education.
Traditional Arts Program Network
is a central site for
all things folkloric. Teachers will be especially interested in "Other
Interesting Sites" that offers many sites grouped by crafts, music, narrative,
dance, drama, and ethnic heritage.
Thanks to folklorists Andrea Graham of Idaho and Anne Prior, Folk Arts
Education Specialist, Wisconsin Arts Board, www.arts.state.wi.us for
contributing the original list of links to content-rich folklore websites.