Journal of American Folklore

Journal of American Folklore
Volume 116, Number 462, Fall 2003


Contents

Articles

    Bulger, Peggy A.
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Development of Folklore as a Public Profession (AFS Presidential Plenary Address, 2002)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Folklore -- United States.
    • American Folklore Society.
    Borland, Katherine.
  • Pilgrimage to Popoyuapa: Catholic Renewal and Ethnic Performance in Neoliberal Nicaragua
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    Subject Headings:
    • Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Nicaragua -- San Jorge.
    • Catholic Church -- Nicaragua -- San Jorge.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the growth of an eight-day wagon pilgrimage to the festival of Jesus the Rescuer in Rivas, Nicaragua. Pilgrims' nostalgic desire converges with Parish priests' successful marketing of the religious image to create a "renewal" that is consonant with government assertions that Nicaragua is a Catholic nation. Yet the meaning of the event for wagon pilgrims remains rooted in their sense of indigenous difference, and their own practices continue to reflect a commitment to the popular Catholicism of the mayordomía system, upon which their indigenous identity is partly based. The different meanings that organizers, participants, and observers attribute to the pilgrimage demonstrate that such popular enactments are multivocal phenomena, neither inherently conservative nor automatically resistant to the social and cultural establishment.
    Loewe, Ronald.
  • Yucatán's Dancing Pig's Head (Cuch): Icon, Carnival, and Commodity
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    Subject Headings:
    • Festivals -- Mexico -- Yucatán (State)
    • Mayas -- Mexico -- Yucatán (State) -- Rites and ceremonies.
    Abstract:
      As a central feature of the annual fiesta, the Maya cuch> ceremony and its various transformations have been a staple of ethnographic description for more than fifty years. Through this investiture ceremony, responsibility for organizing the fiesta is passed from one religious confraternity to another. Although descriptions of the cuch abound, the ethnography of performance remains fragmented. Ethnographies tend to privilege or essentialize particular performances and ignore variants that violate the ethnographer's notion of authenticity. Indeed, the multiplicity of labels in Spanish and Maya used to describe the cuch and its transformations—cuch, k'ub pol, okostah pol, baile del cochino, etc.—leaves the impression that different enactments or performances bear little or no relation to one another. In contrast, the present article demonstrates the dialogical relations between various transformations of the cuch—pious, satirical, and folkloric—as an aid to interpreting more heterodox performances. In particular, following Bakhtin, the author argues that the rich parody which permeates the k'ub pol—a transformation of the cuch performed on some former henequén plantations—is invariably lost, or reduced to an innocent burlesque, if one fails to recognize its relationship to more sober, "Catholic" interpretations of the cuch.
    Gordon, Beverly.
  • Embodiment, Community Building, and Aesthetic Saturation in "Restroom World," a Backstage Women's Space
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    Subject Headings:
    • Restrooms -- Social aspects -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
    • Women -- Homes and haunts -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
    • University of Wisconsin--Madison. School of Human Ecology.
    Abstract:
      This case study focuses on a functioning campus bathroom that has been transformed into a sensually rich women's community space and explores how women have created meaning in a private context where their own norms prevail. The women have built an embodied environment, where ordinary objects are used to foster connectedness, expressiveness, and creativity. They value playfulness, good humor, and an aesthetically elaborated environment that caters to all body senses while expressing a nonconsumerist ethos.
    Erickson, Kirstin C.
  • "They will come from the other side of the sea": Prophecy, Ethnogenesis, and Agency in Yaqui Narrative
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yaqui Indians -- Mexico -- Folklore.
    • Yaqui Indians -- Mexico -- Ethnic identity.
    Abstract:
      For Mexico's Yaqui Indians, ethnic identity is both represented and renegotiated in narrative moments. In this article, I examine the process of narrative self-fashioning through the lens of the "Talking Tree," a story that portrays Yaqui ethnogenesis as a reaction to a prophecy of Spanish conquest. I contend that this narrative accords the Yaquis a level of agency that ordinary histories do not, refiguring them as informed actors in the determination of their own destiny.

Obituaries

Book Reviews

    Gay, David Elton.
  • Transmitting Jewish Traditions: Orality, Textuality, and Cultural Diffusion (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Elman, Yaakov, ed. Transmitting Jewish traditions: orality, textuality, and cultural diffusion.
    • Gershoni, I., ed.
    • Tradition (Judaism) -- History.
    Cashman, Ray.
  • From Corrib to Cultra: Folklife Essays in Honour of Alan Gailey (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Owen, Trefor M., ed. From Corrib to Cultra: folklife essays in honour of Alan Gailey.
    • Folklore -- Ireland.
    Magliocco, Sabina, 1959-
  • Did You Hear About the Girl Who...? Contemporary Legends, Folklore and Human Sexuality (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Whatley, Mariamne H. Did you hear about the girl who...?: contemporary legends, folklore and human sexuality.
    • Henken, Elissa R.
    • Sex -- Folklore.
    Meigs, Samantha A., 1958-
  • Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pike, Sarah M., 1959- Earthly bodies, magical selves: contemporary pagans and the search for community.
    • Neopaganism -- United States.
    Goertzen, Chris.
  • Casa Mañana: The Morrow Collection of Mexican Popular Arts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Danly, Susan, ed. Casa Mañana: the Morrow collection of Mexican popular arts.
    • Folk art -- Mexico.
    Gregory, Brian.
  • People, Power, Places: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture VIII (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McMurry, Sally Ann, 1954-, ed. People, power, places: perspectives in vernacular architecture VIII.
    • Adams, Annmarie, ed.
    • Vernacular architecture -- United States.
    Jackson, Kern M.
  • Homeless, Friendless, and Penniless: The WPA Interviews with Former Slaves Living in Indiana (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baker, Ronald L., 1937-, ed. Homeless, friendless, and penniless: the WPA interviews with former slaves living in Indiana.
    • Slaves -- Indiana -- Interviews.
    Ferrell, Ann K.
  • Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lawless, Elaine J. Women escaping violence: empowerment through narrative.
    • Abused women -- United States.
    Orejuela, Fernando.
  • Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zipes, Jack David. Sticks and stones: the troublesome success of children's literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter.
    • Children's literature -- History and criticism.
    Cray, Ed.
  • The Subject of Folksong: Colleceted Writings on Scottish Folksong (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Greig, Gavin, 1856-1914. Subject of folksong: collected writings on Scottish folksong.
    • Miller, Stephen, ed.
    • Folk music -- Scotland.
    Gay, David Elton.
  • Textualization of Oral Epics, and: The Oral Epic: Performance and Music (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Honko, Lauri, ed. Textualization of oral epics.
    • Reichl, Karl, ed. Oral epic: performance and music.
    • Discourse analysis, Literary.
    • Ballads -- History and criticism -- Congresses.



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