Welcome to September 2013!
Newsletter highlights this month:

Southern Oregon Folklife Survey

Traditional Artist Spotlight: Maria de Jesus Gonzales Laguna

Hispanic Heritage Month
Southern Oregon Folklife Survey

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Folklife Network funding to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties. Folklorists LuAnne Kozma and Douglas Manger will be conducting the fieldwork. Kozma will be in Lake and Klamath counties starting at the end of October/ beginning of November (back in the spring!) while Manger will be in Harney and Malheur counties in April but will be begin contacting individuals in November.
OFN is looking to document a variety of culture keepers from different ethnic and regional groups (Basque, Japanese, Croatian, Irish, Mexican, Klamath, Norwegian, Chinese, etc.) as well as farm & waterways traditions, ranching, foodways, old time music, quilting, auctioneering, and others we don’t even know about yet! We'll then share these tradition keepers in our Arts in the Parks programs, our folk artist roster, local festivals, or library programs.
Please tell us about folks in those areas who are known for their traditional music making, quilting, storytelling, cooking, saddle making, fly tying, chain saw carving, trapping, taxidermy, basket making, and so on. We’re very interested in the range of possibilities!
To provide OFN with contact information for tradition keepers, contact Riki Saltzman, , or Emily West Afanador,, or phone 541-346-3820.

LuAnne Kozma, a folklorist from Michigan, comes to Oregon for the Oregon Folklife Survey. Her work in Michigan spans three decades where she was a curator and folklife associate director of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum, the state's folk arts program. She also coordinated a folk arts-in-education program for Michigan 4-H Youth Development for 23 years. She has coordinated festival programs at the Festival of Michigan Folklife, National Folk Festival, and Great Lakes Folk Festival, bringing her work with artists to larger audiences in festival and educational venues.

Among her many projects in Michigan, LuAnne coordinated a statewide barn survey, the Michigan Heritage Awards program and the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, in which master folk artists pass on their skills to an apprentice. Her research interests include occupational traditions such as the knot-tying skills of maritime workers and the customs of firefighters, and traditional culture regarding leisure time, recreational traditions such as family games and ethnic games, children's folk culture, and ethnic customs.

Kozma is also the co-editor of Folk Arts in Education: A Resource Handbook ( She has completed four years of field surveys of Iowa folk and traditional artists for the Iowa Arts Council, interviewing a wide variety of tradition-bearers from beekeepers and saddle makers to quilters, rug makers and traditional cooks.

Kozma received her MA degree in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University, a program that is geared toward “public sector” work such as museums and arts agencies, and has a bachelor's in parks and recreation. “I have a profound love of the land and of the way people interact with nature, the environment, and preserving and perpetuating traditional ways of life that involve respect for the environment. All of these skills are timeless, important folk traditions that are necessary for life, our cultural well-being and our survival.”

Douglas Manger, has been working as a folklorist for almost twenty years. Early in his career, Manger served as director of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance in Pennsylvania. As the alliance, he oversaw a rapid expansion of programming to include From Heart to Hand: Folk & Traditional Artists from Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, a traveling gallery show which annually showcased artists’ work from six counties. Manger later managed the folk and traditional arts program at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore overseeing initiatives across nine states and jurisdictions. At Mid Atlantic, Manger project managed the award-winning publication, From Bridge to Boardwalk: An Audio Journey Across Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and established the foundation’s NEA funded Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project.

In 2007, Manger returned to his home state of Texas and founded HeritageWorks. His recent independent contract work includes a series of Texas-based regional folklife field surveys for the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. Manger will be conducting a folklife field survey for the Oregon Folklife Network in the southeastern sector of the state in the spring of 2014.

Manger is also a highly accomplished documentary photographer. His exhibit, Cinco Años, 2007-2011: A Photographic Retrospective of San Antonio’s International Accordion Festival, was presented at the San Antonio Central LIbrary art gallery in August of this year.

Traditional Artist Spotlight: Maria de Jesus Gonzales Laguna

Maria de Jesus Gonzales Laguna was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1969. Gonzales Laguna became interested in Mexican Folklore through her adolescent experiences of rural and city lifeways. In 1992 Gonzales Laguna received a Fine Arts degree from the Casa de la Cultra de Celaya, got married, and moved to the United States.
Gonzales Laguna’s passion for Mexican Folklore has been teaching her family and others who have either moved away from Mexico or  are of Mexican heritage. Gonzales Laguna provides the geographic, historical, and cultural context of each region in Mexico while teaching traditional clothing techniques, music, and dance styles. She and her students perform for individuals for Latino communities and also invite people from other cultural backgrounds to learn and participate in traditional Mexican arts.
Please visit this link to see a video with examples of
traditional Mexican dance narrated in both English and Spanish:

Folklorico Dance: 2012 performance montage
Folklorico Dance: 2012 performance montage
Hispanic Heritage Month

Sunday, September 15 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the JSMA

Ciclo de Cine:Mexico pone la mira en los braceros

Various Showings, September 2013

To accompany the exhibit “Americans All: the Bracero Program in Washington County,” the museum will present a series of four classic Mexican films from the 1940s and 50s, which will include informal audience discussions, lectures on historical context, and panel discussions with individuals noted for their knowledge of and involvement with the local Latino communities. These classic films will offer a rare look at how Mexico viewed the growing   phenomenon of its citizens seeking work in the US. This program is primarily in Spanish.

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