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2009 An urgent initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record. For many communities around the world, the transmission of oral literature from one generation to the next lies at the heart of cultural practice. These creative works—which include ritual texts, curative chants, epic poems, musical genres, folk tales, creation tales, songs, myths, legends, word games, life histories or historical narratives—are increasingly endangered. Globalisation and rapid socio-economic change exert complex pressures on smaller communities, often eroding expressive diversity and transforming culture through assimilation to more dominant ways of life. As vehicles for the transmission of unique cultural knowledge, local languages encode oral traditions that become threatened when elders die and livelihoods are disrupted.

"Schools often only see playground rhymes as an encroachment into literacy, they're only interested in seeing the playground as a problem, not as a stimulus to literacy."  ~ Mavis Curtis

FROM THE MEAT SPACE PLAYGROUND TO THE CYBERPLAYGROUND History of NCFR 1976 - 2006 JOURNEY

2) WATCH A 3 SHORT VIDEOS LEARN THE REASONS TO DONATE YOUR SONGS:
Allan Lomax explains the Saga of a Song Hunter.

COMMMUNICATION IS SUPPOSED TO BE 2 WAYS:

Lomax says: [...]Our job is to represent all the submerged cultures in the world. The slogan is: "Every Culture with it's equal time on the air and in the classroom". Cultural equity should join all the other important principals of: human dignity, freedom of speech, freedom of movement freedom to work and enjoy yourself and freedom of your culture to express itself. Cause that's all we have you know [...]

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Work songs
[9:31 - 9:33] weaving songs (stretching the tweed)
[9:49] Spanish Spinning song
[9:33] Work Songs - hammer stone quarry driving in wedges, Shanty Man, Gang Leader, Roll the old chariots along root of american railroad work songs.
[9:35] Texas Penitentary Song When that man in the White House can hear how sweet I can drum he sure gonna let me go
Most interesting of all our own Folk Music Good Night Irene -Ledbelly
[9:37] and [9:41] Go down Old Hannah first recording for the Library of Congress
[9:38] and [9:40] Michael Taft speaks about the forms of discs and about field recordings
[9:42] Explanation about the view of learned society, the snobish upper class and how Lomax made the nation understand the worth of culture from all people, that even poor people's culture has value and is as good as the other culture.
9:43 Pete Seeger explains Alan was 22 years old and in charge of cataloging music and he did it all in 6 years.
9:50 Songs carry the Culture of the people, you have the spirit of the place and the person, in all these songs all the fragments, what you have is the history of the people and the memory of the people, its how they feel about so many things and its the wonder of the language not written down just passed down thru the centuries from mind to mind is a miracle.
9:55 Spanish Folksong Style - No one asks why there are bagpipes in Spain?
Bagpipe - the piper doesn't live to far from here Galicia road to colambria recorded in the middle of the night in a bar work song cutting the rye, cutting the straw.


Dr. Alan Jabbour Integrating Folk Music, Folklore and Traditional Culture Instruction Into K-12 Education