Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola holds a biannual Arts and Crafts Festival featuring handmade work by inmates. In addition to introducing innovations into vernacular prison art forms, Angola inmates find enormous value in creating works that embody or mimic the everyday images and goods so readily available in the outside world. Such work involves layered acts of appropriation, allowing inmates to sustain a social integrity that, to some degree, neutralizes a status tied solely to incarceration.
Folk poetry, Greek (Modern) -- Greece -- Crete -- History and criticism.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Nature in literature.
Kazantzakis, Nikos, 1883-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation.
This article engages in a close reading of the mandinadha (rhyming couplets) of a Cretan folk poet. I argue that the poet's texts negotiate the conventions of the mandinadha genre in order to promote an ethic of "the wild" and reinterpret Cretan masculine rebellious identity in the service of an environmentally minded place awareness. This reinterpretation involves a particular reading of Cretan tradition, Cretan folk literature, and the writings of Cretan-born novelist Nikos Kazantzakis.
Ethnology -- Florida -- Brevard County -- Computer network resources.
This article examines a problem in the design of folklore websites: in what ways can technology be used to build into the documentation process itself an ethnographic guide to the materials that incorporates the folkgroup's own understanding of those materials, and how they can be best presented to the public? In examining this problem, the article focuses on the potential of digital media for addressing two concerns of contemporary folkloristics—reflexivity and ethnographic storytelling.
Mi'kmaq Indians' descriptions of journeys between worlds, as we find them in tales collected from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth, are far too complex to fit into Mircea Eliade's model of shamanism or romantic images of Indians as being "at one with nature." The tales reveal six parallel worlds in which all types of beings belong to families, have wigwams, and search for food. The parallelism between worlds has no significance for beings living their ordinary lives, but it is of the utmost importance for understanding how differing types of beings in the stories (people, animals, supernaturals) achieve interworld journeys. The notions of cosmological deixis and perspectivism are used to explore the narratives and shed light on Mi'kmaq cosmology.
This study, based on forty taped interviews, considers the social and economic conditions that led to the sudden reemergence of evil eye beliefs and practices in Albania. It explores how the recent development of a highly stratified class system and the introduction of individual property ownership helped to increase the dependence of Albanians on the dordolec (scarecrow) for protection of their newfound wealth. A discussion of the kukull, the store-bought, stuffed animal version of the dordolec, offers insight into the post-post-Communist Albanian trend to appropriate Western commodities into the local tradition.