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Folklife & Folk Art Education Resource Guide


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The Utah State University Folklife and Folk Art Education Resource Guide has grown out of a concerted effort by Utah State University, The Utah Arts Council's Folk Arts Program, and the Arts in Education Program of the Utah Arts Council, to promote folklife education in Utah's public schools.

Special thanks go to Karen Krieger, Heritage Resource Coordinator, Utah State Parks and Recreation, for proposing the idea of folklife education in Utah's schools and for involving four Cache Valley teachers in folklore. Special appreciation to the Utah Arts Council and the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation for sponsoring Folklife Residencies at Adams Elementary (1993-94) and Wilson Elementary (1994), respectively, in order to do on-site inservicing for the public school educators who served as advisors in the beginning of this project. Thanks to those educators: Karen Blair, Wilson Elementary School, Logan, Utah; Dorothy Croshaw, Wilson Elementary School, Logan, Utah; Laura Stewart, Adams Elementary School, Logan, Utah; and Sue Sorenson, Adams Elementary School, Logan, Utah.

This resource guide would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of educator Sue Sorenson, who helped refine the teaching components of the guide and who tried out many of the ideas in the lesson section, along with colleague Laura Stewart, with their fourth grade students. Thanks to The Utah Arts Council for supplying funds to pay for Sue Sorenson's services.

I am indebted to wonderful colleagues for their support and help in the production of this resource guide: Barre Toelken, Director, Folklore Program, Utah State University; Barbara Walker, CITYFOLK; Jean Irwin, Director, Arts in Education, Utah Arts Council; Carol Edison, Director, Folk Arts Program, Utah Arts Council; Anne Hatch, Folk Arts Program, Utah Arts Council; Elizabeth Smart, Utah State University; Amy Rogers, Utah State University; and Erin Peterson, Utah State University.

Last, but not least, I give my thanks to many tradition bearers who helped refine the ideas that are presented in this guide: Max Godfrey, rawhide braider; Chianing Cha and Kou T. Moua, Hmong batik artists; Ayako M. Pease, sushi maker; Eva Castellanoz, Mexican American paper and wax flower maker; Vanessa Brown, Native American powwow dancer; Wanda Ketchum, Native American powwow dancer; Aldean Ketchum, Ute courting flute maker; Jeanette Williams, quilter; and my mother, Vicky Edwards, Mormon foodways bearer.

Randy Williams
Utah State University
Logan, Utah
June 1997