A History of Folklife Research in Louisiana

By our Member Folklorist, Frank de Caro

Though a number of states have folklore societies, and a few states employ state folklorists, and such volumes as Nebraska Folklore and The Folklore of Maine may appear on library shelves, American folklore research has not really seen the state boundary as a significant conceptual unit. Folklorists by and large have been more interested in larger regions, such as the Ozarks or the Southwest, or in very localized traditions, or in ethnic and racial groups, or in the lore of particular occupational pursuits that cut across mere political demarcations. Nonetheless, some individual American states can boast of long and varied traditions of folklore research. Louisiana is one such state. Continue reading