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Winter 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

OFN is now part of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History!  

The Oregon Folklife Network is delighted to announce that we are now officially part of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. For more than eighty years, the museum has been a center of scholarship, interpretation, and stewardship of Oregon's cultural life, making it the ideal new home for OFN. We are delighted to become the museum's newest division and look forward to collaborating with its faculty and staff.


Our physical office remains in the Knight Library at the University of Oregon.


The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is now accepting applications for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2019-20. This cornerstone program offers traditional/folk master artists and culture keepers a $4,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities—cultural, religious, or occupational groups, or tribes. The stipend supports master artists to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on and strengthening Oregon’s diverse cultural traditions. Read more...
Regional Folk Poetry Gatherings 
OFN at 35th Cowboy Poetry Gathering

This year’s 35th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering once again found poets, musicians, gearmakers, and folklorists in Elko, Nevada celebrating and raising awareness about cowboy culture and the rural experience.  Read more...
22nd Annual FisherPoets Gathering
OFN staff also took part in the 22nd annual FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon on Feb 22-24. Riki Saltzman and 5 of her Public Folklore students volunteered at FPG and interviewed 5 fisherpoets/commercial fishermen. This brings the number of interviews in OFN’s FPG collection up to 40 (2012-2019). Read more...

Media Corner

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpquah, and Siuslaw Indians give a brief history of the canoe tradition, and describe the importance of preserving cultural practices.
This video was made by Lyle Murphy and Bruno Seraphin in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpquah, and Siuslaw Indians, for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Folklife Network at the University of Oregon.

Willamette Valley Folklife Survey 

OFN has completed its 5th regional folklife survey, which has reached thousands of Oregonians, including traditional artists from a range of cultures, arts organizations, libraries, museums, and county cultural coalitions. An Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts made possible the fieldwork and the public programs that followed. During 2018, contract folklorists Alina Mansfield, Amy Howard, and Thomas Grant Richardson documented 59 culture keepers.

Celebrating Lane County’s Artists and Traditions

Alina Mansfield

In the Winter and Spring of 2018, I attended many of Lane County’s regional cultural events, festivals, and fairs to scout out tradition keepers for the Willamette Valley Folklife Survey. Read More...

Folk Artists in Marion, Polk, and Lane Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

Amy Howard

During the spring and summer of 2018, OFN hired me to conduct folklife fieldwork in Marion and Polk counties and at the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. The geographical area I covered was large and diverse. The sheer length of each county encompasses a landscape in transition—mountain to valley to coast. Each day brought new surprises: green fields and grasses in wine and sheep country; bustling city streets; pine-encompassed mountain lakes, and winding, sparkling rivers. The landscape reflects the local agricultural and industrial economies. Read more...

Benton- Linn Co. Fieldwork Essay

Thomas Grant Richardson

In the Spring of 2018 I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Benton and Linn Counties in the Willamette Valley. Folklorists focus on the everyday traditions of people in communities and at how people define creativity, tradition, and community in their own lives. It is therefore a great joy to work as a folklorist, to be invited into the creative spaces of people often quite different from myself, and to have conversations that usually include phrases like “this is the most important thing in the world to me.” Read more...

OFN Welcomes New Staff

Prince F.M. Lamba is a Folklore and Public Culture graduate student at the University of Oregon.  He is an ethnomusicologist with scholarly interests in urban ethnography, African musical arts, creative industries, arts and culture management and issues related to arts and culture in development.  Read more...

Treaty of 1855 Conference at the Museum at Warm Springs

Monday, October 29, 2018
As I returned to work after attending the Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855 Conference, I was newly aware that I had returned to America after visiting the Warm Springs Nation. This sovereign nation, whose origins pre-dated the establishment of the United States, holds inherent rights to its lands – including access to millions of acres ceded to the US through the Treaty for customary practices like hunting and gathering. Those rights are not only acknowledged but also protected by the Treaty, a nation-to-nation agreement with the same legally and ethically binding strength and significance as other international treaties. Read more...


Survey Announcement: NW & Central Oregon Coast


Oregon Folklife Network awarded $55,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts
EUGENE, Ore. – (Dec. 28, 2018) – The University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network is set to receive a $55,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Announced as part of the endowment’s $27 million funding package for fiscal year 2019, the Oregon grant will support a folklife survey on Oregon’s north and central coast. Read more...


Exciting Grant Opportunity 

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. USArtists International grantees reflect the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts.  Read More...
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