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Mathilde Lind Wins NOMAD Prize


I’d like you to join me in congratulating this year’s winner of the NOMAD prize for the best essay published in the NOMAD journal – Folklore Undergraduate Mathilde Lind. Mathilde’s essay, “The Absurdity of Literary Folktales in Zachris Topelius’ ‘The Sea King’s Gift'” is remarkable in the ingenuity and the execution of the argument, and is a very vaulable addition to this year’s journal titled “Humors”.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce Finlay Louden as deserving honorable mention for their essay “A Tale of Two Snorris: Reading Conflicting Culture, Ritual, and Ridicule in Snorri Sturluson’s Poetic Edda”.

A huge thank you to all of this year NOMAD mentees and mentors for putting together an amazing range of essays related to Humors–kudos to all of you!


Sunayani Bhattacharya

NOMAD Editor



A Preliminary Guide to Establishing Sustainable Cultural Tourism as a Tool of Cultural Animation

Presented by Jillian Norris, UO Public Folklore Graduate Student

Monday, June 1, 2:30 pm, UO Folklore Archives, PLC 453

“I seek to explore how sustainable cultural tourism can be used as a catalyst of cultural animation within today’s arts and culture sector, and how these two phrases are representative of a symbiotic relationship. I will describe how “presenters” of local culture—museums, local arts councils, community cultural developers, etc.—can successfully employ sustainable cultural tourism methods to create a dialogue between them and their constituents while actively being involved in the cultural animation process.”

— Jillian Norris



Theorizing “the hoʻi mai” in This is Paradise

Jun 2, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

[Colloquium Series]

Many Nations Longhouse

Native Pacific Cultural Studies scholars have theorized the concept of roots and routes to frame Pacific indigeneity and diaspora. In this paper, I contemplate what some Kānaka Maoli have termed, “the hoʻi mai”, that is, the return home to Hawaiʻi. Kānaka Maoli living in the diaspora are consistently told that in order to be authentically Kanaka Maoli and to have a voice in the larger struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty, they need to “come home”. According to many Hawaiian nationalists, “coming home” is the only way to combat settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi. Such pressures and foreclosures function to inhibit expressions of Hawaiian indigeneity and worse, keep Kānaka Maoli simultaneously landlocked and lost at sea. Bringing together debates around settler-colonialism in Native Studies and Queer of Color critiques of diaspora and belonging, I focus on the quotidian in Kristiana Kahakauwila’s story, “The Old Paniolo Way” in her book, This is Paradise (2013). By analyzing how the characters in This is Paradise perform conflicting narratives of being “bound in place” and desiring a “rudder” to steer a vessel at sea, I theorize a Moana-specific articulation of Kanaka Maoli indigeneity and queerness. In addition, I examine the cultural imperatives faced by Kānaka Maoli to reimagine “the hoʻi mai” and to expand how Kānaka Maoli maintain connections across the Moana nui and on the ʻāina.

Lani Teves (Kanaka Maoli) is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Native Studies Keywords (University of Arizona Press, Spring 2015) and is currently working on a manuscript that explores how contemporary Kānaka Maoli performers negotiate their relationship to aloha and Hawaiian self-determination.


Lani Teves




Loren Kajikawa Book Cover

Loren Kajikawa Releases New Book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs”

Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated culture engenders new understandings of race. The book traces the changing sounds of race across some of the best-known rap songs of the past thirty-five years, combining song-level analysis with historical contextualization to show how these representations of identity depend on specific artistic decisions, such as those related to how producers make beats.  Read More



Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Click image to Read More.

Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Click image to Read More.


Folklore Program Director Prof. Lisa Gilman recently returned from a meeting of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society held in Columbus, OH, March 12-14, 2015. Photo, courtesy of Board Member Prof. Norma Cantu.







The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Read More

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Read More

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Click image to Read More.Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Click image to Read More.

Studies in Folklore

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty participating faculty, our program provides an interdisciplinary approach to a Masters Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest.

The Folklore Program offers perspectives on ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other traditional identities of individuals in specific societies. Students study the extent to which tradition continues to enrich and express the dynamics of human behavior throughout the world. Folklore courses examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of such expressive forms as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, foodways, ritual, and ceremony.

Theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques are integral parts of the program’s curriculum. Graduate courses cover an extensive range of interdisciplinary topics: cultural heritage, ethnicity, subcultures, popular culture, performance, gender, film, religion, community arts administration, local culture, and issues of diversity and globalization.

Folklore graduates work in various public and private agencies as educators, archivists, editors, arts and humanities consultants, museum curators, festival planners, and more.

Read an article about the Folklore major.

In addition to the undergraduate major and minor in Folklore, the UO’s Folklore Program has introduced two new tracks to its existing graduate Master’s degree program. The General Folklore Track offers students a strong foundation in Folklore Studies while also allowing them to take elective courses in their areas of focus, such as anthropology, arts and administration, English, comparative literature, and music. The Public Folklore Track prepares students who plan to work in the public sphere by building professional skills such as ethnographic research, documentation, grant writing, administration, and programming. For more information about graduate studies in Folklore at the University of Oregon, please visit our: Graduate Studies page.

The American Folklore Society (AFS) is the national professional academic organization for the discipline of Folklore.  For information about the AFS and to learn how to become a member, use this link.



July 6, 2016

Peter Jan Margry Lecture “Pilgrimage in Transformation: The Influence of the Camino Phenomenon on the Concept of Pilgrimage”

July 11, 2016

Browsing Room, Knight Library

3:00 pm

Margry Pilgrimage_Lecture

Pilgrimage is an important ritual expression that exists within most religions of the world. For centuries Christian pilgrimage was relatively unchanged in its functions and ritual processes. However during the past decades modernity has had its impact on religion and influenced pilgrimage practices as well. This presentation explores how the popular rediscovery of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the reinvention of its pilgrimage traditions have led to a global proliferation of new ways of pilgrimaging; how has ‘unchurchisation’ resulted in new ‘secular’ pilgrimages that adhere to and expand upon traditional practices, and to what extent we may still speak of ‘Christian’ pilgrimage in this context?

June 28, 2016

Peter Jan Margy Lecture “The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”

 Global Oregon Faculty Collaboration Fund Lecture Series presents

“The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”

A public lecture by Peter Jan Margry, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam and Daniel Wojcik, Department of English and Folklore Program, University of Oregon

July 5, 2016
110 Fenton Hall
1:00 pm

This presentation explores the religious practices inspired by the music of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, within the context of the worship services of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco.  In this setting the live jam performances of Coltrane’s music may offer, for church members and visiting jazz devotees alike, a sacred and transformative experience, a sensorial sublime, that brings healing, consolation, and a connection to the divine.

May 20, 2016

2016 UO Folklore Rogue Graduation Ceremony

The UO Folklore Program will celebrate its annual Rogue Graduation Ceremony on June 11 from 2-5 PM.  All Folklore faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and FOF (Friends of Folklore) are welcome to attend.  This annual event combines tradition, humor, absurdity, and pride of accomplishment with community and libations.

For more information, contact UO Folklore Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. John Baumann at




April 30, 2016

Dr. Habib Iddrisu Featured in Performance Ensemble Dema

Dema, Agoro, Waasa. These are just a few of the many terms used by various ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa to describe the concept of a total performance experience. Dema combines dance, music, singing, and storytelling among others, with the intent to educate, learn, and to entertain.

Dema is a non-auditioned performance ensemble that is open to all UO students, regardless of their background and/or experience. The group uses the total performance concept to advance cross-cultural understanding, enrich students’ university-life experience through diversity, and broaden their worldview through performance. The ensemble’s foundation is built on one of the basic principles of traditional African performance and community building.

As a new performing ensemble, Dema will have a different theme each year to enhance the production. The theme for our inaugural show is “The Rise of the New Dawn.” The music, dancing, singing and storytelling that will be showcased this year will all be interwoven into this years’ theme.  Some of the pieces to be presented are from Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, and there will be some original works created by Dr. Habib Iddrisu. Additionally, professional Ghanaian musicians and dancers from across the US and Ghana will join our amazing UO students for the inaugural show. The majority of these professional artists were part of three of the foremost national companies in Ghana (The Ghana Dance Ensemble, Abibigromma-Resident Company of the University of Ghana, and the Ghana National Dance Company). As part of the event, invited guests together with UO students will be reaching out the community to provide free music, dance and storytelling performances. Performances are already scheduled at Vivian Olum and Moss Street pre-schools as part of the performance week.



April 26, 2016

Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters This Friday, April 29

Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm,  $12, $8 students

Beall Concert Hall

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363.

The concert of the UO World Music Series (a program of the UO School of Music and Dance) is made possible by the UO Department of Anthropology and the UO Program in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Additional support comes from series sponsors: the Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the UO Department of International Studies.

A concert of Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian music performed by the legendary singer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Esma Redzepova and ensemble.

The internationally acclaimed Redzepova is known as “Queen of Romani Songs” and is one of NPR’s “50 Great Voices.”

Born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, she began her professional career at the age of thirteen. She was the first Balkan performer to make Romani music popular with non-Romani audiences on elite concert stages in the early 1960s.

Redzepova has performed for many heads of state and has toured more than four decades, giving more than 8,000 concerts in over 30 countries. She sings in ten languages, and has played in plazas, stadiums, and opera houses; for villagers as well as world leaders. Her ensemble has performed over 400 musical pieces on dozens of recordings, several of which achieved “gold” status in the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to her stage work, Redzepova is a world-renowned humanitarian, fostering 49 children and educating them in music and career development. She will be accompanied by these protégés, spanning three generations, lead by master accordionist and ensemble arranger Simeon Atanasov.

Redzepova is honorary president of the Macedonian Red Cross, and has given more than one thousand benefit concerts. In 2000 the Sorority of Roma Women proclaimed her Woman of the Millennium, and in 2002 she was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize and as United Nations Ambassador for Refugees in Macedonia. In 2010, she was awarded the Macedonian Order of Merit, and in 2013 she was proclaimed a National Artist of Macedonia.

2016 Coalition Against Environmental Racism 22nd Annual Conference

You are invited to the 2016 Coalition Against Environmental Racism 22nd
Annual Conference



CAER is a University of Oregon student organization committed to
bridging the gaps of social and environmental equality. Environmental
Racism addresses the fact that underprivileged people, specifically
communities of color, are disproportionately impacted by pollution,
waste disposal, hazardous sites, resource depletion, and natural
disasters in the natural and built environment. CAER exists as a
resistance to this inequality, and as a strong and visible piece of the
Environmental Justice Movement — a movement composed of the
mobilization of people, communities, and organizations committed to
fighting Environmental Racism in urban and rural settings across the
country and the world.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE.” The theme is inspired by the struggles of
indigenous communities, and strives to highlight their continued efforts
to protect the environment — particularly food sources — and its
connection to many types of movements (physical, political, migration,
etc.).  Check out our Facebook event to stay updated!

Please RSVP here:

***Translation English-Spanish will be provided***

April 29th 6:00 PM-8:30 PM,

Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon. FREE Dinner Provided.

Featuring CAER founder Dr. Robin Collins: “Food Sovereignty: At the
intersection of Sustainability and Environmental Justice”

April 30th 9:00 AM -8:30 PM,

Straub Hall at the University of Oregon, FREE Breakfast, Lunch and
Dinner Provided


Panel Presentation- (10:30-12:00 PM)

Chief Caleen Sisk & Jennifer Eisele “Who are the Trolls? Identifying
Organizations & Individuals Working Against the Interests of Indigenous

3 Hour Workshop on Movement (1:15-4:45)

La Performera, Awilda Rodríguez Lora “Our Bodies/ Our Space (Nuestro
Cuerpo/Nuestro Espacio)”

Workshop Session 1 Presentations (1:15-2:45 PM):

Dr. Martin Reinhardt “Food and Indigenous Sovereignty”

Corrina Gould workshop on Food Justice, Indians in Urban Areas and Land

Workshop Breakout Session 2

Niria Garcia “Decolonizing Justice”

Multnomah Youth Commission Workshop Presentation

Joel Iboa, Beyond Toxics, “Do you know your city? Food Deserts in

Keynote Presentations:

(4:45 PM- 5:45 PM) Erika Lincango “Greenwashing in Ecuador: Caso

(7:00-8:30 PM) Featuring Ecuadorian Amazon Leaders:

Abuelita Catalina Chumpi: “Defense of the Amazon Basin Territories and
the Role of Women”

Katy Machoa: “Criminalization of Social Protest to Nature and Human
Rights Defenders”

Please join us to discuss these important issues and to come together to
learn about Environmental Justice advocates’ work and to discuss ways in
which we can continue to restore ourselves and our communities.

April 20, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Ritter to Deliver Lecture – “We Bear Witness With Our Song: Music, Memory, and the Shining Path in Peru”

Monday, April 25th at 4:00, Dr. Jonathan Ritter (UC Riverside) will visit UO as our Steven Larson Distinguished Lecture Series guest speaker in ethnomusicology. His presentation, entitled “We Bear Witness With Our Song: Music, Memory, and the Shining Path in Peru,” will be given in the Collier House living room. That evening at 7:00, professor Ritter will join our own Ed Wolf and his Andean Ensemble in an open rehearsal, in room 140 of the Frohnmayer music building. Feel free to stop in and witness Andean music in action!

(More information about professor Ritter’s presentation can be found here:

More than a decade after Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the publication of its final report in 2003, Peruvians continue to struggle over how the political violence that devastated their country in the 1980s and 90s should be remembered. Recent events, including controversies over the legitimacy and accuracy of public commemorations of the conflict’s victims, reinforce the consensus view that truth commissions mark the beginning, rather than the end, of processes of historical reflection, revision, and reconciliation.

In this talk Ritter will consider various musical interventions into these post-TRC processes and debates in Peru, focusing in particular on those that claim to represent the voices and perspectives of the conflict’s victims: predominantly rural, indigenous peasants from the southern Andean highlands. While some of these musical interventions arise directly within indigenous communities, including the composition and performance of testimonial songs, others draw upon anthropological research and the TRC report itself to craft fictionalized representations of indigenous music for recent “testimonial” films and novels.

Though such representations carry inherent risks, both of sensationalizing the violence and overemphasizing the alterity of indigenous responses to it, they also play a key role in mediating and transmitting traumatic memories of the war to what Marianne Hirsch (2008) has called the “postmemory generation,” those born or raised after the conflict whose lives are nonetheless shaped and haunted by it.

THEME is an interdisciplinary colloquium of faculty and student researchers in music theory (T), musicology/music history (H), ethnomusicology (E), and music education (ME). The Steve Larson Distinguished Lecture series, which honors the spirit of camaraderie and community evident in the career and life of UO music theorist, musicologist, and musician Steve Larson, is an academic lecture series coordinated by graduate students of the UO School of Music and Dance.

April 15, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Presentation – “Public Folklore Work: Independent Contract Folklife Survey in Eastern Oregon”

On Monday, April 18, 12-1:30, in the Lorenzo West Graduate Lounge PLC 461, the Oregon Folklife Network is hosting a Brown Bag lunch presentation titled “Public Folklore Work: Independent Contract Folklife Survey in Eastern Oregon” by Douglas Manger and Joseph O’Connell.

During April and May, 2016, folklorists Douglas Manger and Joseph O’Connell will be working in eastern Oregon to identify folk and traditional artists. Both will be documenting regional, ethnic, and occupational folklore of European, Asian, and Latino groups as well as such occupations as ranching, logging, mining, hunting, railroad and orchard working, farming, fishing, and other waterways traditions along with foodways, music, quilting, rodeo-related activities, cowboy poetry, and others we have yet to discover.

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, and in Eastern Oregon (Malheur and Harney counties in 2014; Deschutes, Crook, Baker, and Union counties upcoming in 2016) for the Oregon Folklife Network.

OFN is pleased to welcome O’Connell back to Oregon, where he’ll be documenting folk artists in Wallowa, Grant, and Wheeler counties in April and May, 2016. 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.

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