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Educational Resources comprise of curriculum guides and other informational resources that shed light on the diverse folk traditions in Texas .
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  • Posted on Sat Jul 19, 2014
    High school and middle school teachers, students and administrators participated in Texas Folklife's 2014 summer institute “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” a 5-day intensive fellowship in audio documentary production with professional producers, journalists and cultural workers. Participants were guided through production of short audio documentaries on themes related to folklife----family...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
    On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below.  Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.     10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    Conjunto Music What is Conjunto Style Accordion? The Spanish word conjunto refers not only to a musical style but also to the group of musicians that plays that style. On any weekend, conjunto can be heard from car stereos, juke boxes, bars, dance halls, and community centers across South Texas. Formerly little-known outside the circle of working-class Mexicanos who...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    Texas Style Fiddle We hope this curriculum guide will help you and your students better understand the history of Texas-style fiddle music and its importance in the Texas cultural landscape. Please use all or part of the information in your classroom as you see fit. We have provided the following: History of Texas-style fiddle music You may use the text for your individual study; high school...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    What is a Powwow?A powwow is an American Indian cultural event involving dance, drumming, song, food and other forms of traditional artistry. There are generally considered to be two kinds of Powwows: tribal-specific powwows and pan-Indian powwows (or competition powwows). Tribal-specific powwows are often private gatherings limited to one tribal community. Held for special purposes and...
  • Posted on Mon May 7, 2012
    Austin, TX – Texas Folklife presents an afternoon of Texas-style fiddle music with a screening of The Devil’s Box, a feature-length documentary, and award-winning Texas State Champ fiddlers at the Moose Lodge on the east side of Austin from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 8.   The film is directed by UT Film School grad Jason Hammond, and produced by Austinite Beth Jasper, partners in...
  • Posted on Thu Aug 12, 1999
    Texas Folklife's program 1999 "Quilts of Color: Three Generations of Quilters" featured exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops about the tradition of quilting among sisters Katie Mae Tatum, Gladys Henry and Henry's daughter Lavene Brackens and granddaughter Sherry Byrd.  This family of quilters has been based out of Fairfield, Texas for the last five generations, since the end...

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