Please choose one of the following:
OPTION 1. Personal Folklore Anthology
A collection of the following types of folklore from your family, neighborhood and/or community. This collection can presented in the form of your choice, your challenge is to make it CREATIVE. You can use the digital methods we have used in class, you can draw, take photos, etc. You must provide a written description of each and if it's a story, song, rhyme, etc please include the actual text to the best of your knowledge or recollection.
These are songs, lullabies and dance games, poetry, jokes, folktales, riddles, proverbs, myths, and special sayings. (1 example)
These are objects such as special kinds of jewelry, home decorations, puppets, quilts, clothing, or musical instruments. Material culture may also include foods and special family recipes.
(2 different examples)
These are special customs and rituals such as throwing rice at a wedding for "Good luck." It includes family and local (community) customs and celebrations. It also includes the way you might use folklore in your own thoughts. For example, once when I was nine years old, I saw a best friend being teased by a school "bully." At first, I was afraid to interfere, but then I remembered the saying "a friend in need is a friend indeed." The proverb helped me to organize my feelings and take an action. Do you ever hear or remember proverbs in this way? Then you are using "behavioral folklore!" (1 example)
-Family Lore:Many families have their own stories, which are passed down from grandparents to children and grandchildren. These stories might have to do with how the families came to live in the United States or other parts of the world. Some families like to remember a certain relative, by telling stories about him or her. Other times, families have special ways of cooking, singing lullabies, or games they play at birthdays, holidays, or even traveling on vacation. How you were named, how you celebrate your birthday; stories about your grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and relatives that are passed on and remembered, all these are part of your own heritage, your own family folklore. Collecting family stories is one of many ways to learn and record folklore. Your family folklore also includes shared wisdom, like sayings and proverbs or material things like jewelry, home decorations and recipes to list just a few. (1 example)
Wherever you live, whether it is in a city, a town, suburbs, or on a farm, you will have many opportunities to discover folklore heritage and expressions. How does your community celebrate holidays like the Fourth of July, Halloween, or Thanksgiving? Are there parades? Special food, songs or clothing? If your family came to the United States recently, or even generations ago, you could be celebrating other important holidays with neighbors and friends, like Chinese New Year, the Day of the Dead, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Passover, or Corn Dance, a Native American ceremony from the Southwest. (1 Example)
OPTION 2: Cultural Folklore Collection
Choose a culture or region that interests you and complete the following:
- Cultural Description: Who are these people, what are they known for? Describe where they are located, what is associated with this culture and why you chose them.
- At least three Myths or legends that are associated with this culture. You should explain what the myth or legend teaches - what are the values or lessons.
- Descriptions of a traditional meal, a traditional craft, and a traditional holiday or ceremony
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Welcome! I want to welcome you to Anthropology and the 2014-2015 school year. I am very excited to start this school year with you. Anthropology is a broad subject area to study. In this course we will focus on Anthropology & Folklore. Folklore plays an important role in society. It is the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community.
Has been teaching in the City School District of Albany for twelve years.