Unit I Defining Terms
This exercise will help you discover your ideas about folklore and explore the complexity of folk, popular, and elite cultural processes.
Do Folklorists Study? Put Yes or No on Left
1. Animal tales told by the Koasati Indians
2. Jokes such as "dumb blonde" jokes told by college students
3. Graffiti in restrooms
4. Initiation rituals on oil rigs
5. Building Mardi Gras floats
6. River baptism in the Baptist Church
7. Attending a Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony concert
8. Your grandmother's stories about her childhood
9. Your uncle's songs about the Vietnam War
10. Catching and cooking crawfish or making hot water cornbread
11. Building oyster boats
12. Tai chi
13. Auctioning livestock
14. Debutante balls
15. Gospel music
16. "Double Wedding Ring" quilt
17. Vietnamese food
18. Listening to Louisiana folklorist Nick Spitzer's "American
Routes" show on public radio
19. Jump rope rhymes chanted by children
20. Teenagers' scary stories such as "The Hook"
21. Wooden toys made by patterns from Popular Mechanics
22. Clementine Hunter's painting "Cotton Pickin' Time"
23. Garth Brook's "Friends in Low Places"
24. An architect-designed log house built by a construction firm
25. Historical accounts of the Civil War written in personal
26. St. Joseph's Day altars
27. Email computer virus warnings
28. Exhibit of Sarah Albritton's paintings at an LSU gallery
29. Students' locker decorations
30. Rap music
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