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Soundscapes Of Disaster And Humanitarianism: Survival Singing, Relief Telethons, And The Haiti Earthquake, Elizabeth Mcalister Nov 2012

Soundscapes Of Disaster And Humanitarianism: Survival Singing, Relief Telethons, And The Haiti Earthquake, Elizabeth Mcalister

Division II Faculty Publications

This essay first listens, on one hand, to music made by Haitians, for Haitians, close to the epicenter, in the direct aftermath of the Haiti 2010 earthquake. On the other hand, it considers music made by (mostly) North Americans for (mostly) other Americans, in telethon performances far away in New York and Los Angeles and London, weeks after the event. I argue that Haitians used music, and particularly religious singing, self-reflexively, in a culturally patterned way, to orient themselves in time and space, and to construct a frame of meaning in which to understand and act in the devastated Haitian ...


Tibetan Guozhuang In Diqing Autonomous Prefecture: A Comparative Musical Analysis, Christina Du Breuil Oct 2012

Tibetan Guozhuang In Diqing Autonomous Prefecture: A Comparative Musical Analysis, Christina Du Breuil

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

The song and dance traditions of the Tibetan peoples of Diqing Prefecture are numerous and varied. Of these traditions, Guozhuang is cited as one of the oldest and most centrally traditional pieces of folk heritage. However, Guozhuang varies even within Diqing Prefecture. This paper addresses the basic form and structure of Guozhuang as well as variations between Benzilan and Shangri-la Guozhuang, two places separated not only by geographical distance but also the encroachment of development on traditional culture.


Hopkin, Rachel Claire (Fa 586), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2012

Hopkin, Rachel Claire (Fa 586), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding Aid and full text paper (Click on "Additional File" below) for Folklife Archvies Project 586. Independent study project conducted by Rachel Hopkin on George R. Gibson, a banjo player from eastern Kentucky. The project, contained on two DVDs, includes photos, audio interviews and transcripts, a paper, bibliography, and field notes. Participating in the interview are Gibson and musicians John W. Haywood and Kevin C. Howard, who describe Gibson’s influence on them. This project was executed for the folk studies program at Western Kentucky University.


Steel Pan's Heart, Chioma Viola Ozuzu Apr 2012

Steel Pan's Heart, Chioma Viola Ozuzu

Senior Theses and Projects

Even though mostly Afro-Trinidadians play pan, the Steel Pan instills national identity and pride because Pan has become internationally popular and the proliferation of so many steel drum events before carnival, including Panorama-the world largest Steel Pan competition.The purpose of this paper looks the hybridization and Creolization of the music culture of the nation, in regards to the major ethnic groups, especially Indo-Trinidadian.


When Words Fail, Music Speaks, Hannah Williams '12 Mar 2012

When Words Fail, Music Speaks, Hannah Williams '12

Outstanding Ethnographic Research Projects

Vocal performers are distinctive due to the self-discipline that necessarily accompanies having one's voice be one's instrument, as all life choices directly affect a vocalist's ability to sing. Vocalists are also united by a strong feeling of self-confidence that is essential in a field that is highly competitive, subjective, and personal. Furthermore, while a love of music is a common theme for many musicians, vocal performers are distinguished by both the emotional and physical connection that they must forge with their music.


Wheet, Glenda Carol (Fa 72), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2012

Wheet, Glenda Carol (Fa 72), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid and full-text scan of paper (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Folklife Archives Project 72. “Lou Mona Katherine (Shaw) Yokley: Traditional Folk Musician.” Collection contains field notes and cassette concerning the fieldwork of Glenda Carol Wheet and her work with Lou Mona Katherine (Shaw) Yokley. Collection was completed for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University.


Cox, Linda Walker (Fa 63), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2012

Cox, Linda Walker (Fa 63), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid and full-text scan of paper (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Folklife Archives Project 63. “Is This A Playback?” A project documenting bluegrass, country, and gospel music being performed at Ray Walker’s Allen County home. Music was collected during a session with several participating musicians. The items were collected by Linda Cox for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University.


Watkins, Dianne (Winkler), B. 1941 (Fa 55), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2012

Watkins, Dianne (Winkler), B. 1941 (Fa 55), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid and full-text scan of paper (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Folklife Archives Project 55. “Those Old Calliopes,” a paper and interview by Dianne Watkins executed for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. Includes recording of calliopes and other related materials.


Taft, Ann Celine (Fa 49), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2012

Taft, Ann Celine (Fa 49), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid and full-text scan of paper (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Folklife Archives Project 49. Oral history interview with The Straightway Gospel Singers from Gallatin, Tennessee conducted by Ann Celine Taft for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. Subsequent paper titled "The Straightway Gospel Singers" also included.


Rich, Cordell (Fa 47), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2012

Rich, Cordell (Fa 47), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives 47. Interview with Cordell Rich at his home near Jamestown, Tennessee. Topics include gospel hymns, death omens and ghost stories.


Hollingsworth, Teresa L. (Fa 39), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2012

Hollingsworth, Teresa L. (Fa 39), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 39. [Singing schools] Interview with Zilpha Amanda Hume concerning her husband’s (Archie Hume’s) singing schools where he acted as a singing school instructor. Interview was conducted by Teresa Hollingsworth for an oral history project at WesternKentucky University. Includes index, tape summary, transcription, handwritten fieldwork notes and a cassette tape.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 10, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 10, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s diverse geography has created a diverse folkloric tradition. Students should be able to identify characteristics of Maine regional diversity in its folklore.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 09, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 09, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s physical environment is comprised of diverse regions, micro-climes and landforms. This diversity is reflected in various economic, social and cultural developments across the region.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 08, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 08, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in markets in formal and informal ways. Public commercial transactions and private economic exchanges have historically been important to Maine’s economic viability. Students should be aware of the diversity of economic activity in Maine.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 07, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 07, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s economy has historically been based upon resource extraction and use. Furthermore, Maine’s has historically contained only a very small middle class. Most Mainers could reasonably be described as working class while a small population of upper class elites (known variously as Great Proprietors, owners or sports) has provided structure and capital to Maine industry.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 06, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 06, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Political events can impact citizens across borders and through time. Folklore is powerful because it provides a vehicle for cross-cultural connections.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 05, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 05, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. The history of citizen governance in Maine is robust. Maine’s people have articulated the republican virtues of local governance, citizen advocacy and educated participation for nearly two centuries. Maine’s democratic tradition spans generations and has crossed regional and class boundaries. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to learn how citizens in Maine’s working class communities have seized the opportunity to make change and fulfilled their obligations as community leaders.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 04, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 04, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. An important part of civics education is the study of citizens’ motivations and the types of expressions these motives have given rise to in public discourse. The Maine folklore tradition celebrates the various ways that Maine citizens, particularly Maine’s poor and working-class population, have made their voices heard in the public forum.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 12, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 12, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Students are the historical actors of the future. Their actions, attitudes and artifacts are the stuff future historians will collect and analyze in order to understand our time. Although we may not consider our lives “historic” to historians of the future they may be. Likewise, the actions, attitudes and artifacts collected in the Maine Song and Story Sampler may not have been considered historic by their creators, but are worthy of our consideration today. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to analyze one artifact from the MS&SS website from the perspective of a professional archivist to determine ...


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 11, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 11, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Historical analysis is an essential component of folklore studies. Folklore is best understood in historical context. Furthermore, the process of change and evolution – central to the development of folksongs and stories – can only be assessed in light of other social/cultural changes.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 13, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 13, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

The study of folklore is a useful pedagogical tool across the Social Studies. As students develop skills and expertise in historical methods, civics, economics, geography and history they can draw upon Maine’s rich folk tradition to illustrate social phenomena. The Maine Song and Story Sampler has been designed to allow citizens access to Maine’s rich folk tradition.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 03, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 03, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Students are social actors. As young citizens they can make their voices heard and promote ideas, causes and issues they hold dear. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to see how historic and imaginary characters have promoted their ideals (or the ideals ascribed to them).


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 02, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 02, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. The history of citizen governance in Maine is robust. Maine’s people have articulated the republican virtues of local governance, citizen advocacy and educated participation for nearly two centuries. Maine’s democratic tradition spans generations and has crossed regional and class boundaries. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to learn how citizens in Maine’s working class communities have seized the opportunity to make change and fulfilled their obligations as community leaders.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 01, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 01, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Contemporary social issues are not divorced from the past and arise from specific historical, economic and cultural conditions. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to develop a position on an issue of current concern in their community with an understanding of its cultural context and relevance.