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American Folklife

Course Number: 
ITM-278
Minimum Credits: 
3
We are all members of many folk groups. Folklife is the glue of everyday cultual life. It is how we negotiate social space and life in modern society. Folklore is that which is true culturally, not "myths" of dubious merit. Folk "lore" and "life" are produced and maintained by shared identity, standards and aesthetics that are transmitted informally - by imitation and observation - from on generation to the next. American folklife consists of vibrant, living and complex, communal, traditional culture (ballads, insturmental music, crafts, occupational lore, foodways, narratives, and much more).