Western Folklore

Quarterly journal specializing in analysis of regional, national, and international folklore. Also focuses on development and critique of folklore theory.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2/3, Spring

All Those Mounds of Shrimp: Las Vegas Buffets Considered
Many years ago, before I crossed the desert for the first time to venture to the quintessential American City of neon and artifice, I asked an acquaintance about the buffets. He was a fan, I could immediately tell. "Mounds of shrimp as high as you can...
Appalachian Cultural Competency: A Guide for Medical, Mental Health, and Social Service Professionals
Appalachian Cultural Competency: A Guide for Medical, Mental Health, and Social Service Professionals. Edited by Susan E. Keefe. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Pp. viii + 343, preface, introduction, tables, chapter notes, chapter bibliographies,...
A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicine
A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicine. By Alma Hogan Snell. Edited by Lisa Castle. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. Pp. xxiv + 193, foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, map, photographs, appendix, bibliography,...
Boat Building in Winterton, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland
Boat Building in Winterton, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. Revised edition. By David A. Taylor. (Gatineau, Quebec: Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, 2006. United States distribution by the University of Washington Press, Seattle. Pp. xxii + 164,...
Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power
Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power. By Psyche A. Williams-Forson. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp. xiv + 317, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index....
Complementary, Alternative, and Folk Medicine among Czech Women with Breast Cancer after Socialism
BREAST CANCER IN THE CZECH REPUBLICIn the Czech Republic, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of death among women with malignant tumor growths (Asiedu 2006; Hodacová 2003; Gatek et al. 2000; Celko 1996). The past...
Evaluating Saris: Social Tension and Aesthetic Complexity in the Textile of Modern India
Through the study of the aesthetic impulse in everyday life, one discovers that all people develop skills and master techniques in varied endeavors. They produce forms that satisfy because of their perfection, the meanings conveyed and associations they...
Everyday Life: A Poetics of Vernacular Practices
Everyday Life: A Poetics of Vernacular Practices. By Roger D. Abrahams. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. Pp. viii + 286, introduction, figures, bibliography, index, acknowledgments. $47.50 cloth)Everyone in the field of folkloristics...
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. By Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2005. Pp. 288, preface, introduction, photographs, table, bibliography, acknowledgments. $40.00 cloth)Hungry Planet is an extraordinary book, full of...
Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes
Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes. By Thomas Carter and Elizabeth Collins Cromley. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Pp. xxvi + 120, foreword, acknowledgments, introduction,...
Just above the Water: Florida Folk Art
Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art. By Kristin G. Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas. Foreword by Michael Owen Jones. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006. Pp. xvi + 336, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, index. $65.00...
Man of Constant Inspiration: Essays in Honor of Michael Owen Jones
We present this special issue of Western Folklore to honor our teacher, our mentor, and our friend Michael Owen Jones. Many scholars have benefited from his multitude of publications; the breadth and depth of his writings have reached through the disciplines...
Michael Owen Jones: Folklorist "Extraordinaire"
Michael Owen Jones was destined to become a Folklorist. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, he majored in a trio of seemingly disparate subjects (history, art, and international relations), revealing his interdisciplinary orientation and...
Outsider Art, Vernacular Traditions, Trauma, and Creativity
During the last decade, scholars, art collectors, and the general public have become increasingly fascinated with "outsider artists," generally understood to refer to people with no formal artistic training, who are isolated from dominant culture and...
Pilgrimage and Healing
Pilgrimage and Healing. Edited by Jill Dubisch and Michael Winkelman. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005. Pp. xxxvi + 268, preface, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $50.00 cloth)Pilgrimage and Healing is a significant anthology whose...
Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression
Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression. By Thomas S. Henricks. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Pp. x +242, acknowledgments, figures, bibliography, index. $50.00 cloth, $25.00 paper)Play is at once the realm of the...
Re-Envisioning the Visionary: Towards a Behavioral Definition of Initiatory Art
Folkloristic research for the past quarter century argues inexorably that to understand tangible things we must investigate the circumstances that obtained before their existence, the processes by which they came into existence, and the consequences...
Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death
Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death. Edited by Jack Santino. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Pp. via + 358, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliographies, contributors, index. $75.00 cloth)In the last two decades, in the...
Talking with the Turners: Conversations with Southern Folk Potters
Talking With the Turners: Conversations with Southern Folk Potters. By Charles R. Mack. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, in cooperation with the McKissick Museum, 2006. Pp. xxxiv + 238, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, introduction,...
The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women's Lives, 1890-1940
The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women's Lives, 1890-1940. By Beverly Gordon. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. Pp. xii + 274, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index....
Visceral Research and Transformation: How Folklore Can Change the World
I begin by stating something that is obvious to anyone who has had the privilege to pursue folkloristic inquiry: Folklore research is a means for individual and community transformation. By stating this, I do not introduce something new but only reiterate...
Who Owns Culture and Who Decides? Ethics, Film Methodology, and Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection
My first year in graduate school at UCLA was also Michael Owen Jones's first year teaching there as a professor. He showed a few films in the fieldwork class and my fate as a film and folklore person was sealed. Years later, Jones taught a class on photography...
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