ERIC Number: ED182102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Collecting Folklore and Folklife in Ohio.
Mullen, Patrick B.; Place, Linna Funk
While many people think of folklore as part of the culture of rural, isolated, uneducated people, folklore has a much broader definition and can encompass all areas and be found among all people. Folklore tradition can include school fight songs, ghost stories, children's games, ethnic jokes, jump rope rhymes and family recipes, as well as quilting techniques, ballads, or tales. All of these types of folklore are discussed and illustrated in this lengthy manual. Although designed specifically for collecting folklore and folklife in Ohio, the manual would be of interest to anyone interested in American folklore. The first portion is devoted to folklore collection and discusses the equipment needed, ways to approach people, kinds of folklore that might be collected, and interview techniques. A chapter on how to set up a collection project describes field techniques, release forms, notations on circumstances surrounding each interview, transcription methods and analysis. Two chapters suggest the family and children as good places to begin collection because of the rich quantity of material available. Much of the manual is devoted to folklore already collected by both high school and college students. This collection includes chapters on the folklore of teenage and college students, occupations, the general population, rural and Appalachian people, African-Americans, and other ethnic groups, including the Mexican Americans and Italian-Americans. (DS)
Descriptors: Blacks, Books, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Data Collection, Descriptive Writing, Ethnic Groups, Family Environment, Folk Culture, Humor, Language Arts, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Narration, Proverbs, Rural Population, Social History, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Ethnic Heritage Studies Branch.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio