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The Texas Folklore Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations in the state. Its secret for longevity lies in those things that make it unique, such as its annual meeting that seems more like a social event or family reunion than a formal academic gathering. This book examines the Society’s members and their substantial contributions to the field of folklore over the last century. Some articles focus on the research that was done in the past, while others offer studies that continue today. For example, L. Patrick Hughes explores historical folk music, while Meredith Abarca focuses on Mexican American folk healers and the potential direction of research on them today. Other articles are more personal reflections about why our members have been drawn to the TFS for fellowship and fun. This book does more than present a history of the Texas Folklore Society: it explains why the TFS has lasted so long, and why it will continue.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. I. What’s the Point: Why the Folk Come in the First Place
  2. pp. xii-2
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  1. “Hooked on Texas”
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. “Beware of Folklore Addiction”
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. “McDade and Me”
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. “Mother Lodes of Mexican Lore”
  2. pp. 19-33
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  1. “Bibliography of Mexican-American Folklore Articles”
  2. pp. 34-42
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  1. “Dobie’s Disciples and the Choctaw Five”
  2. pp. 43-54
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  1. “The Texas Folklore Society Was Part of My Life, Long Before I Knew It”
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. “The Family Nature of the Texas Folklore Society”
  2. pp. 73-83
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  1. II. Books, Papers, and Presentations: Texas Folklore Scholarship
  2. pp. 84-86
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  1. “Collecting and Reading Folklore”
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. “Books of the TFS”
  2. pp. 105-110
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  1. “Texas Booklore: If It Ain’t Folklore, Then What the He(ck) Is It?”
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. “How I Came to Be a Publisher of Texas Folklore Society Publications”
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. “An Enduring Relationship: The Texas Folklore Society and Folk Music”
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. “African Americans and Texas Folklore”
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. “Geococcyx”
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. “Pecos Bill and His Pedigree”
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. “Funerals and Folklore: A Snapshot from 1909”
  2. pp. 205-211
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  1. III. The Folk: Who We Are and What We’ve Done
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. “How the TFS Has Influenced Me as a Writer, But More Importantly, What It Has Meant to Me as a Listener”
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. “Women in the Texas Folklore Society”
  2. pp. 223-244
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  1. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Reflections on the TFS and a Writing Life”
  2. pp. 245-272
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  1. “Back in the Ought ’Sixties”
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. “The Alford Homeplace: Deconstructing a Dogtrot”
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. “Mexican and Mexican-American Folk Healers: Continuing to Nourish Our Sense of Humanity into the Twenty-First Century”
  2. pp. 291-307
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  1. IV. Meetings, Memories, and More
  2. pp. 308-310
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  1. “Keeping the Flames Burning and Passing Them On: Hoots at TFS Meetings”
  2. pp. 311-320
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  1. “The Texas Folklore Society: Getting There Is Half the Fun”
  2. pp. 321-330
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  1. “Folklore Society Memories”
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. “Confessions of a Folklore Junkie”
  2. pp. 337-342
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  1. “Hooked”
  2. pp. 343-346
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  1. “1968: One Family’s Folklore Odyssey”
  2. pp. 347-350
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  1. “My First TFS Meeting”
  2. pp. 351-354
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  1. “Looking Back with the Hansons”
  2. pp. 355-366
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  1. “Under the Influence”
  2. pp. 367-381
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  1. Contributors’ Vitas
  2. pp. 383-393
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-420
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574413601
Related ISBN
9781574412772
MARC Record
OCLC
676695891
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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