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Folklore is a part of the everyday lives of people from all around the world. We have inherited a rich tradition of holidays, festivals, stories, fairy tales, proverbs, and folk remedies that define our society and our place in it. Consequently, an interesting avenue to explore this vast and growing treasury of knowledge is the World Folklore and Folklife database. With the power of a library card one can log in and uncover cultural traditions from around the world.
Some of the subjects included are:
- Tales, Myths, and Urban Legends
- Holidays and Festivals
- Celebrations and Rituals
- Food and Drink
- Music and Dance
- Religion and Belief
- Traditional Arts and Crafts
Regionally the content ranges from all over the world, including: Africa; Asia; Caribbean; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America; and Oceania. The entries for each country include an historical overview as well as the beliefs, traditions, folklore and the like.
Want to know the origin of Bluegrass music from an authoritative source?
How about Greek mythology? Wiccan? Druids? Origin of Christmas?
Additionally, looking for the complete Hans Christian Andersen stories or Grimms’ fairy tales?
Look no further than the World Folklore and Folklife database (which also includes thousands of other classic folktales from around the world). This electronic resource is the perfect place for any parent or storyteller to uncover traditions and pass them on from one generation to the next.
World Folklore and Folklife is also a great resource to help students bridge the gap between past and present and offer new ways to research topics for high school or college assignments.
Some such topics include:
- Social and religious practices
Additionally, as an example some of the featured content includes:
Chicano Folklore: Repatriation and Deportation of Mexicans (1930-42)
“A rude awakening began to set in by the late 1920s. The tremendous immigration from Southern Europe (darker skinned peoples) brought in a sense of panic to the nativist Anglo-American population who feared the darker races. In 1924 the Border Patrol was instituted, and the U.S. Congress passed the Quota Act of 1924. Mexicans were not included in the Quota Act due to strong pressure from agribusiness leaders, who felt they needed the Mexican workers for their agricultural fields. Nevertheless, by the late 1920s an economic depression began to set in, and Mexicans began to be targeted for deportations. The 1930s brought a full-fledged economic depression, and Mexicans began to be deported en mass. Some Mexican Americans, even though they were citizens, were also deported or ‘encouraged’ to go to Mexico.”
And as a reminder we also have a vast array of other subscription databases on many many other subjects that are available 24/7.
World Cinema Streaming Video
The World Cinema streaming video collection contains classic and contemporary feature films from around the globe, including the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
With more than 470 feature films this unique collection includes the best from the silent era as well as groundbreaking directors from all over the world. World Cinema includes American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century as well as award-winning contemporary films and titles from Africa (and the African diaspora). The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues from countries around the world.
The collection contains masterpieces and award winning films directed by some of the most famous names in the history of cinema, including:
- Fritz Lang
- Jean Renoir
- Sergei Eisenstein
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Akira Kurosawa
- Buster Keaton
- Charlie Chaplin
- Orson Welles
- Frank Capra
- Federico Fellini
- Roberto Rossellini
- Satyajit Ray
- Joseph Von Sternberg
Broken down by region some of the highlights include:
- German film — Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and Josef Von Sternberg’s “The Blue Angel.”
- French cinema — films by Jean Renoir.
- Japanese film — films by Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi.
- Soviet era film — Sergei Eisenstein’s the “Battleship Potemkin.”
- British film — pre-Hollywood films of Alfred Hitchcock.
- Italian film — Federico Fellini and “The Bicycle Thief” by Vittorio De Sica.
- Indian film — classics by Satyajit Ray.
- Turkish and Middle Eastern film — award winners from Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, etc.
- Latin American film — award winning contemporary films from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, and Ecuador, etc.
- Chinese language film — Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Farewell My Concubine.”
And Best of all
All accessible with the comfort and ease
of a Patchogue-Medford Library card!!
The Library recently obtained 3 new war history books that have received many good reviews and publicity. Highly recommended!
Spanish Civil War History
“Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939” by Adam Hochschild.
A history of the Spanish Civil War as told through the eyes of a dozen or so unforgettable characters. In the mid 1930’s, as the Spanish Civil War dominated the headlines in America and abroad, volunteers flooded Spain to assist the democratically elected government fight off a right wing coup led by Spanish General Francisco Franco. Today much of what has been remembered about the Spanish Civil War has been told thru a few classic accounts, Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and George Orwell’s memoirs. But in this telling we see the experience of lesser known individuals. Interestingly, one of the more surprising accounts uncovered is that Franco received almost all his oil at reduced prices and on credit from a Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies.