Supported by the Wisconsin Folk Museum and informed by the region's folklorists, the Woodland Indian Traditional Artist Project resulted in the ethnographic documentation of 16 Woodland Indian traditional artists from the Upper Midwest in 1994-1995, acquisition of approximately 50 pieces of their art work, an exhibit that featured the artifacts, a traveling photo-text exhibit that toured four Woodland Indian nation centers, a summer-fall artist demonstration series, and a Down Home Dairyland radio program. Folklorist James P. Leary recorded and transcribed the interviews with the artists, while photographer Lewis Koch photographed them and their work. The featured artists represented Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Meskwaki, Ojibwa, Oneida, and Potawatomi traditions including appliqu233; and dressmaking; black ash splint and birchbark basket-making; varied types of beadwork; rabbit fur blanket-making; birchbark canoe-making; cradleboard-making; cornhusk doll-making; flute-making; icefishing ... Read More
The Jo Daviess County Folk Arts in Education Project generated field reports, sound recordings, and photographic images from a one-month folk art survey of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in 1990, and modest communications, student work, and related manuscript materials from two two-week folk arts educational programs in the River Ridge (Elizabeth and Hanover) and Galena school districts in 1991. With Illinois Arts Council initiative and funding and Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum sponsorship, folklorist Janet C. Gilmore documented 12 traditional practitioners including 7 quilters, a number of quilting groups, a rag-rug weaver, a horse-farming family, trappers, and a genuine local character and "river rat," several of whom additionally contributed information about farm life, commercial fishing, waterfowling, railroading, foundry work, leather work, knife-making, and decoy-carving in the area.
Ten University of Wisconsin-Madison students who enrolled in the Summer 2000 Field School course (Folklore 639) focused their fieldwork projects on Southwestern Wisconsin folk traditions in conjunction with Folklore Village's plan to produce an exhibit on the region's folklife. Students interviewed over 23 people on such topics as commercial fishing, hunting, food and herb gathering and gardening, ethnic foodways, markets, and medicines, decoy carving, stone building, religious shrine building, Hmong needlework, rosemaling, julebukking, and supernatural tales. Materials include field reports, interview sound recordings, color slides, color photographs, color negatives, black-and-white photographs, black-and-white negatives, and contact sheets.
This collection contains color slides, applications, and award information for most of the c. 130 master artists who applied to the Wisconsin Arts Board for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program during a twelve-year period, 1984-1996. The Program administered grants to master traditional artists to teach their skills to apprentices and focused primarily on members of Wisconsin's Woodland Indian nations--Ho-Chunks, Menominees, six bands of Ojibwas, Oneidas, Potawatomis, and Stockbridge-Munsees. Supported Woodland traditions included beadwork, quillwork, black ash or birchbark basketry, the making of dance regalia, drum or other instrument making, wood and metalworking, traditional singing and dancing, and storytelling. Awardees also included master-apprentice pairs representing other Wisconsin cultural traditions such as Arab and African drumming, Hmong-American qeej-playing, Czech- and Slovak-American wheat weaving, Mexican-American dance, Norwegian-American rosemaling and ... Read More
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