Jon Kay on January 10, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600500.us.archive.org/26/items/AA40YuchiFolklore/AA40-YuchiFolklore.mp3Podcast: Download (67.0MB) In this episode, I talk with my good friend Jason Baird Jackson about his new book Yuchi Folklore:Cultural Expression in a Southeastern Native American Community. Jason tells us about the diverse cultural expressions of this often overlooked community. He talks about his collaborative research with the Yuchi, a native people of the […]

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Jon Kay on October 29, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601901.us.archive.org/22/items/AA-39Reviving.American.Basketry/Measure%20of%20the%20Earth.mp3Podcast: Download (69.9MB) In this episode we talk with Nicholas R, Bell who works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and is the curator of A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets. The exhibit is on display this fall, and there is a beautiful catalog with essays by Bell as well as […]

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Jon Kay on August 30, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia801904.us.archive.org/8/items/AAEpisode38TheChesapeakHouse/AA%20Episode%2038%20The%20Chesapeak%20House.mp3Podcast: Download () In this episode I talk with Carl Lounsbury an Architectural historian who has worked in the Research Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1982. He and noted material culture scholar Cary Carson are the editors of a new book that has been more than thirty years in the making, The Chesapeake […]

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Jon Kay on April 8, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601702.us.archive.org/7/items/Episode37.QuiltsInChina/Episode%2037.%20Quilts%20in%20China.mp3Podcast: Download (23.8MB) No cultural expression is more synonymous with American traditional arts than quilt making. In this episode, I talk with SouthArts folklorist and senior program director Teresa Hollingsworth  about The Sum of Many Parts, a large exhibit of quilts made by 25 contemporary America artisans. Katy Malone joins the interview and explains her […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/archive.org/download/ArtisanAncestors36/AA36-Researching%20Navajo%20Basketry.mp3Podcast: Download (36.6MB) Carol Edison tells us about her work with  Navajo basket makers in Utah, including Mary Holiday Black the legendary matriarch of the basket tradition.  An ancient artform, the Black and other families have both continued and revitalized a beautiful type of basket that is both ceremonially and economically important to their community.  […]

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Jon Kay on February 18, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601504.us.archive.org/30/items/ArtisanAncestorsEpisode34RobyCogswell/Artisan%20AncestorsEpisode%2034%20Roby%20Cogswell.mp3Podcast: Download (55.8MB) Tennessee and baskets seem to go together, but their relationship probably is not at all what you think. In this episode, I talk with folklorist Roby Cogswell, the director of Folklife at the Tennessee Arts Commission, about his research of the basket making tradition in Cannon County, TN.  This amazing craft has […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601503.us.archive.org/21/items/Episode33CarolinaGravestonesAndDanielPattersonsTheTrueImage/Aa-episode33DanielPatterson.mp3Podcast: Download (32.9MB) In today’s podcast we talk with folklorist Daniel Patterson who is a professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. Dr. Patterson has recently written a monumental work on early […]

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Jon Kay on February 6, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia700708.us.archive.org/6/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcast–episode31SouthCarolinasDigitalTraditions/AA-Episode32-SouthCarolinaDigitalTraditions.mp3Podcast: Download (26.2MB) In this episode I talk with my old friend Saddler Taylor, the Chief Curator of folklife and fieldwork at the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.  He has researched the traditional arts and culture of the American South, and helped produce the Digital Traditions website, an online repository of resources […]

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Jon Kay on December 18, 2012

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601600.us.archive.org/30/items/TheColorfulCanesOfJohnSchoolmanPresentation/Sequence01_2.mp4Podcast: Download (55.1MB) I know it has been a while since I made a podcast post. I thought I would share a 7-minute piece/talk I gave as part of the American Folklore Society Meeting in New Orleans this past fall.  I focus on the work of John Schoolman, a friend of mine who made beautiful […]

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Jon Kay on September 29, 2012

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601505.us.archive.org/20/items/Episode29theManifoldMeaningOfThings/Episode29-1TheManifoldMeaningOfThings_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Download (17.6MB) In this episode, we talk about the the diverse meaning of objects. From Civil Rights quilts to Amish buggies, we explore how objects communicate various meanings. Using a semiotics approach we explore the difference between the various ways that objects serve as signs:icon, index and symbol. I share some observations from Peter […]

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Jon Kay on September 21, 2012

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601507.us.archive.org/24/items/Episode28carrieHertz-folkArtsCurator/ArtisanAncestorPodcastCarrieHertz_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Download (29.3MB) In this episode, I talk with Folk Art Curator Carrie Hertz about her work at the Castellani Art Museum, where she has just opened an exhibition about Irish Lace making traditions. We talk about her collaboration with Molly Carroll, a lace collector and restorer to produce this beautiful exhibit and discuss how […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601502.us.archive.org/18/items/Episode27_historicPhotographsAndMaterialCultureResearch/ArtisanAncestorPodcast27_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Download (32.2MB) A ton of information is embedded in historic photographs, especially when the images include artisans and handmade objects. In this episode of the Artisan Ancestors, I talk about my work identifying, organizing, and analyzing historic photograms. Focusing on my work with pictures of oak rod baskets from Southern Indiana,  I share how […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600406.us.archive.org/4/items/Aa0026Sima-summerInstitueOfMuseumAnthropologyAtTheSmithsonian/Episode26_smithsonianInstitution_summer_institue.mp3Podcast: Download (29.3MB) In this episode of Artisan Ancestors, I talk with Dr. Candace Greene, who directs the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology or SIMA for he National Museum of Natural History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. She is an ethnologist at the Smithsonian and has an adjunct appointment with George Washington University […]

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Jon Kay on July 6, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia700707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode25_ThePromiseOfOralHistory.mp3Podcast: Download (18.2MB) In this episode, I talk about the problems facing researchers who do oral histories. In recent weeks attention has focused on Boston College and the UK subpoena of oral history materials. While I don’t speak directly about this court case, I discuss what I think the meaning of the recent court ruling […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia700707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode24_ResurrectingVoicesOrFindingForgottenHomeRecordings.mp3Podcast: Download (48.8MB) An expert in early sound recordings, Patrick Feaster talks about his personal collection of home recordings captured on wax cylinders in this episode.  While many genealogists and local historians may have tracked down photographs of ancestors and others from the late Nineteenth Century, few would imagine that they might  hear the voice […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia700707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode23_TheAfricanDiasporaAndAnAmericanPotteryTradition.mp3Podcast: Download (29.1MB) In today’s show, I talk with Chris Fennell about his multi-prong archaeological study in Edgefield, South Carolina. His research combines archaeological discoveries with archival research and scientific analysis. He works with students from the University of Illinois in this field school where they explore both the Remains of a pottery production facility […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode22_WhyTheCreativeCommonsWithFolkloristJasonBairdJackson.mp3Podcast: Download (30.8MB) In this episode, I sit down and talk with my friend and fellow folklorist Jason Baird Jackson to discuss the topic of the “Creative Commons.”  Jason’s research touches upon issues of intellectual property and heritage making in native communities in the United States.  He points out that the work of the commons […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia700707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode21_NationalHeritageFellow-milanOpacich.mp3Podcast: Download (27.9MB) In this episode, I talk with Milan Opacich a National Heritage Fellow, tamburitza musician and luthier.  We discuss his life’s work of collecting artifacts, instruments and ephemera related to tamburitza in the United States. Writing for the ethnic magazine, Serb World USA, he has chronicled the history of this often-overlooked genre of […]

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Jon Kay on May 6, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode20_ConnecticutNeedlework.mp3Podcast: Download (41.8MB) Studying historic needlework offers a perspective into the complex lives of women often not present in the written records of the 18th and 19th centuries. Material culture scholar Susan Schoelwer authored Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740–1840, which included pieces from the Connecticut Historical Society’s rich Collection of period needlework. In […]

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Jon Kay on April 25, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode19_OldGravestonesAndNewTechnology.mp3Podcast: Download (32.7MB) In this episode I talk with Yang Cai about his research work doing 3-D scanning of gravestones and rock art. This new technology allows scholars to reveal information and patters thought lost to the ages by setting a laser line on a stone and measuring the refraction of this line, which allows […]

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Jon Kay on April 22, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode18_TheArtisanOfIpswich.mp3Podcast: Download (35.0MB) Robert Tarule makes reproductions of 17th Century joined furniture. In his book The Artisan of Ipswich, he crafts a story that centers around a chest made by Thomas Dennis  in the Massachusetts village of Ipswich in the mid 1600s. Robert narrates Dennis’ use of tools, techniques and styles.  In this interview, I […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode17_TheCaseOfThePhotoDetectiveWithMaureenTaylor.mp3Podcast: Download (26.3MB) Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective” is a genealogist and photo researcher who helps researchers unlock mysteries from the past. From the PBS series Ancestors to the popular magazine Martha Stewart Living, this photo researchers has helped others recognize the importance of family photographs and encouraged them to preserve and annotate their family […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode16_FoundImagesAndResearchMethodsWithRichRemsberg.mp3Podcast: Download (27.1MB) An Emmy Award-winning archival image researcher, Rich Remsberg assists documentary film makers locate the necessary archival footage and still photos that they need to visually tell their stories.  From scouring collection at the National Archive to tracking down rare one of a kind materials held in personal and family collections, he prides […]

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Jon Kay on March 25, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode15_ComputationalFolkloristics.mp3Podcast: Download (35.7MB)   Folklorist Tim Tangherlini employs a research approach he calls, “computational folkloristics” which uses data-mining to reveal new information, once thought lost to the past. He deploys computers to plot, compare, store and assist in the analysis of data from various archival holdings from around the world. His method places historical individuals […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode14_CatawbaPotteryInSouthCarolinapart3.mp3Podcast: Download (29.4MB)   In this final installment of our series on Catawba Pottery in South Carolina, I talk with Stephen Criswell a folklorist and director of the Native American Studies program at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Much of his work focuses on conducting oral history with Catawba potters and tradition bearers […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode13_CatawbaPotteryInSouthCarolinapart2.mp3Podcast: Download (19.3MB) Brent Burgin is the archivist and director of the Native American Studies Archives at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, an institution that holds one of the largest and most impressive collection of Catawba  pottery.  He has worked with scholars such as Thomas Blumer and Stephen Criswell to help preserve and […]

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Jon Kay on February 25, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode12_CatawbaPotteryInSouthCarolinapart1.mp3Podcast: Download (26.3MB) In this episode, we start to explore pottery produced by artisans from the Catawba Nation in South Carolina. This is part one of a three part series on this age old art.  In part one of our exploration of this earthenware tradition.  I talk with Bill Harris, a Catawba potter who learned […]

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Jon Kay on February 21, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode11_SearchingForASlavePotter.mp3Podcast: Download (28.6MB) What would you do if you found out that your ancestors were slaveholders who owned one of the most talented folk potters in South Carolina? When Leonard Todd found himself in this situation, he committed himself to a six-year journey of discovery about the Life and work of an enslaved artisan named […]

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Jon Kay on January 26, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode10_GenealogicalNextStepsWithCurtWitcher.mp3Podcast: Download (27.0MB) In this episode, I talk with Curt  Witcher, the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His work includes leading The Genealogy Center, which is a world-class research center for family and local history research.In this interview, Curt and I discuss general research strategies […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode9_BrandtZipp_sSearchForForgottenAfricanAmericanPotters.mp3Podcast: Download (26.7MB) In this episode I talk with Brandt Zipp a young pottery scholar, who grew up around antique American stoneware in his family’s  antique auction business, The Crocker Farm, Inc. Zipp shares his research findings, as well as his techniques for discovering important information about free African American artisans working in New York, […]

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