Unit VIII The Worlds of Work and Play
Lesson 3 Grown-ups at Play

Culture and Play Checklist

Name ______________________________________________ Date _______________

There are three types of culture.

Traditional culture is passed on by word of mouth and observation within folk groups.

Popular culture involves mass media.

Elite culture is learned in formal institutions such as schools, academies, and museums.


1. Research various forms of adult play in the essays listed below.

2. List examples of adult recreation gathered during fieldwork.

3. Then use the checklists below to analyze which forms of adult play belong in each list.

4. Write examples you have found for each list. Some will have elements of all three cultural processes. List these in bloth columns and mark with a star (*).


Louisiana Folklife Articles

Deer Hunting with Dogs

At Play in the Delta

Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras

Keeping It Alive


Library of Congress Virtual Exhibits

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals Ca. 1490-1920

Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-1939

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America 1978-1996


Examples of adult recreation in your community gathered during fieldwork or interviews:







Folk Culture
___ Learned by word of mouth or imitation
___ Learned within folk groups
___ Learned from a traditional practitioner
___ Learned informally

Some examples are:

Elite or Popular Culture
___ Learned in a formal class
___ Learned or made with a kit
___ Learned from a video or TV show
___ Advertised in craft magazines

Some examples are:

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