Kentucky Folklife Program
During the summer of 2014, I interned with the Kentucky Folklife Program. The KFP is part of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU. My experience interning at KFP was overwhelmingly positive.
I was involved in a number of projects over the summer, including: Rangerlore , in which Brent Bjorkman, director of KFP, has been interviewing park rangers from Mammoth Cave regarding their occupational folk culture; the continuation of multiple White Oak Basket projects, including finalizing the production of traveling exhibit panels, planning and designing a White Oak Basket exhibit for the Hart County booth at the Kentucky State Fair, and documenting and filming the 2014 Hart County Fair White Oak Basket Competition in Munfordville, Kentucky; a project about tobacco warehouses in the Horse Cave, Kentucky region, in which I selected sound clips from interviews with tobacco farmers and warehouseman from the Horse Cave region, and wrote supplementary text that explains the tobacco work and its importance to the region, and will eventually be added to the City of Horse Cave's website. Brent and I also traveled to Staunton, Virginia to document and film a meeting and festival organized in part by Dr. JAK Njoku, which was a celebration of Igbo culture in the Americas, at the Frontier Culture Museum. I was also able to work on a number of other projects as well.
Throughout this internship, I was able to familiarize myself with and gain a broad, experiential understanding of the daily work of a public folklorist. I am very pleased with my experiences at KFP and feel that they have prepared me for further work in public folklore.
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