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  • A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms - An educational guide with selected readings, prepared by Peter Bartis and Paddy Bowman.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/teachers.html
  • Alan Dundes - Biography of anthropologist and folklorist Alan Dundes.
    emuseum.mnsu.edu/information/biography/abcde/dundes_alan.html
  • American Folklife Center, Library of Congress - Created by Congress in 1976 "to preserve and present American Folklife," the Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American Folk Music. AFC collections encompass all aspects of folklore and folklife from this country and around the world.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife
  • Archer Taylor - Biographical sketch of the University of California Professor of Folklore Archer Taylor and his work as a paremiologist (collector of proberbs), written by Wolfgang Mieder.
    www.locustvalley.com/business/Families%20of%20Distinction/Taylor.html
  • Archives of Folklore@listserv.tamu.edu - This site hosts a complete month-by-month record of all the posts made to the internet's longest-running discussion-list on folklore, from 1991 to the present.
    listserv.tamu.edu/archives/folklore.html
  • Ask a Folklore Expert at UCLA - Use this web-based email form to ask a question about folklore and receive a personal reply from one of the many experts at UCLA's Department of Folklore.
    www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/folklore/ask
  • At the Edge: The Cosmic Mill - Article by Alby Stone discussing the hand-mill as an image of the cosmos.
    www.indigogroup.co.uk/edge/cmill.htm
  • Australian Folklore Yesterday and Today: Definitions and Practices - Discussion by John S. Ryan on folkloristics in Australia, published in the e-zine Folklore.
    folklore.ee/folklore/vol8/austral.htm
  • Directory of Irish and Celtic Folklore - An "A to Z of Irish Folkore," including seasonal celebrations, folktales, folk sayings, folk cures, leprechaun and fairy beliefs, and the origins of names.
    www.ncf.carleton.ca/~bj333/folklore.html
  • Ethnographic Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture - Prepared by Stephanie A. Hall.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/cg.html
  • Ethnologies - English-French bilingual journal disseminating knowledge about activities concerning folklore and ethnology, in Canada and elsewhere.
    www.fl.ulaval.ca/celat/acef/revue.htm
  • Family Folklore: How to Collect Your Own Family Folklore - Guide produced to accompany the exhibition "The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, Legacy" organized by the Smithsonian Institution.
    educate.si.edu/migrations/seek2/family.html
  • Folk Beliefs in Modern Japan - E-text of the book edited by Inoue Nobutaka, Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University.
    www.kokugakuin.ac.jp/ijcc/wp/cpjr/folkbeliefs
  • Folklife and Fieldwork - A layman's introduction to field techniques prepared by Peter Bartis.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/fieldwk.html
  • Folklife Resources in the Library of Congress - Edited by Timothy Lloyd and Hillary Glatt.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/fr_top.html
  • Folklife Sourcebook - A directory of folklife resources in the United States compiled by Peter Bartis and Stephanie A. Hall.
    lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/source
  • Folklife Theory: Brief History - Explains how and when academic folklorists developed and promoted ideas like Romantic Nationalism, Historic-Geographic Method, Cultural Evolutionism, Cultural Relativism, Contextualism, Functionalism, Oral-Formulaic Theory,and Folklore as Communication and Performance.
    minerva.acc.virginia.edu/~foundhum/vfp/histidea.html
  • Folklore and Folk Ways - A brief definition of folklore by The Tree Leaves' Folk Fellowship.
    www.geocities.com/RainForest/3787/folklore/folklore.html
  • Folklore and Legends - Classic Greek, Celtic, and Norse myths explaining everyday and natural things such as flowers, stars, star-signs, and animals.
    www.folklegend.com
  • Folklore and Popular Culture - Selective bibliograpy compiled by Charles D. Wright, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    www.english.uiuc.edu/Wright/Folklore.htm
  • Folklore News - Comprehensive online journal dedicated to folklore studies from all academic disciplines.
    www.folklorenews.com
  • Folklore: An Introduction - Attempt at some definitions, basic categories, and listings of subjects studied by folkloristics.
    virtual.park.uga.edu/~clandrum/folklore.html
  • Folklore: an Online Electronic Journal - English-language archives, 1996 to the present, of an informative Baltic Folklore journal published by the Folk Belief and Media Group of the Estonian Literary Museum. Material about Estonian shamanism, urban legends, ethnomusicology, popular calendar data, and general folk belief.
    haldjas.folklore.ee/folklore
  • Introduction to the Study of Material Culture - Using Appalachia as a model for study, author Gary W. Barrow provides definitions and practical tips on how to collect, preserve, and interpret Material Folk Culture in either an academic or hobby setting.
    minerva.acc.virginia.edu/~foundhum/vfp/matcult.html
  • Journal of Folklore Research - A peer-reviewed publication of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University, established in 1965.
    www.indiana.edu/~jofr
  • Latin-American Folklore Resources Online - Lengthy links-page from UCLA provides access to information about folkloric Latin American festivals (Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, Quinceaneras), food (burritos, salsa), games, music, religion, and folktales.
    latino.sscnet.ucla.edu/research/folklore.html
  • Lucky W Amulet Archive - Encyclopedic resource describing and illustrating folkloric talismans and lucky charms from around the world, including horseshoe, swastika, four-leaf clover, rabbit foot, raccoon penis bone, hamsa hand, John the Conqueror root, scarab beetle, and black cat bone.
    www.luckymojo.com/luckyw.html
  • Medieval Wedding Traditions & Customs - A description of what courtship, marriage, and life in Europe was like during the Middle Ages.
    www.medieval-weddings.net
  • Old Wives Tales - Sayings, superstitions, portents, lore, and rhymes, passed along to us, and being passed along to the next generation.
    www.oldwivestales.net
  • Paganism in British Folk Customs by Bob Trubshaw - A thought-provoking article that contrasts the true remains of Pagan origins in the folk customs of England with those customs created or exaggerated through "paganisation" by Victorian romantic authors.
    www.indigogroup.co.uk/edge/paganism.htm
  • Pro Ethnologia - Estonian e-journal publishing short articles on ethnographical issues.
    www.erm.ee/pro
  • Renaissance Wedding Traditions & Customs - Detailed information on what courtship, life, and getting married in Europe during Renaissance times was like.
    renaissance-weddings.net
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Focuses on contemporary grassroots cultures in the US and abroad; produces the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, and educational materials; conducts research; maintains archives; and provides educational and research opportunities.
    www.folklife.si.edu
  • Stith Thompson - A brief biography of the famous folklorist Stith Thompson.
    www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/TT/fth26.html
  • The Folklore of the Isle of Man - Myths, legends, superstitions, customs and proverbs, by A. W. Moore (1891), e-text from a Manx Note Book.
    www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/manx/fulltext/folklore/index.htm
  • Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland - Collected and arranged by Lady Augusta Gregory (1920), e-text from the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
    www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/vbwi
  • What is Folklore? (British Columbia Folklore Society) - A definition and explanation of folklore provided by the British Columbia Folklore Society, with examples.
    www.folklore.bc.ca/Whatsfolk.htm
  • What is Folklore? (New York Folklore Society) - There are lots of definitions of folklore and the related terms folklife and folk arts. Here are some definitions and explanations collected by the New York Folklore Society.
    www.nyfolklore.org/resource/what.html

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