Documenting Traditions

Documenting Traditions

The Folklore Studies program explores how folklore shapes and expresses everyday experience in a globalized world. We understand tradition as a dynamic communicative process that incorporates both continuity and creativity. We investigate how traditions adapt to changes in technology, and how they intersect in often unexpected ways with popular and elite cultures. We explore methods of cultural sustainability through forming connections with communities to assist with the preservation of cultural heritage. We consider how folklore not only creates, maintains, and expresses senses of identity among groups, but also communicates social difference, tensions, and resistance. We work with communities to identify traditions and support their efforts in cultural sustainability.