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This text reader brings together the work of notable cultural geographers and folklife scholars to provide a clear and engaging overview of American folklife. Defining folklife as the traditional shared culture of familial, ethnic, occupational, religious, and regional groups, this anthology strikes a balance between material and nonmaterial culture. Carney has chosen essays that explore intangibles such as religion, music, and sports as well as physical traits such as food and architecture in a way that brings traditional culture to life.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Geography of American Folklife Part 2 Folk Architecture Chapter 3 The Appalachian Log Cabin Chapter 4 Hispano Gristmills in New Mexico Chapter 5 The New England Connecting Barn Chapter 6 Mormon Central-Hall Houses in the American West Chapter 7 The Mountain Horse Barn: A Case of Western Innovation Chapter 8 Sod Construction on the Great Plains Part 9 Folk Food and Drink Chapter 10 Hog Meat and Cornpone: Food Habits in the Ante-bellum South Chapter 11 Geophagy in a Mississippi County Chapter 12 "Mountain Moonshining" in East Tennessee Part 13 Folk Music Chapter 14 The Cajun Accordion Chapter 15 Western North Carolina: Culture Hearth of Bluegrass Music Part 16 Folk Sports and Games Chapter 17 American Fox Hunting: Landscape Ensemble and Gratification Chapter 18 Cockfighting in the Piney Woods: Gameness in the New South Chapter 19 Cow Pasture Baseball: Images of a Folk Sport Place Part 20 Folk Religion and Cemeteries Chapter 21 The Amish and Their Land Chapter 22 The Traditional Upland South Cemetery Chapter 23 Modern Navajo Cemeteries Part 24 Folk Medicine Chapter 25 Plants in the Folk Medicine of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands Chapter 26 Root Digging in the Appalachians: The Geography of Botanical Drugs Chapter 27 Selected Bibiliography Chapter 28 Index