Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival


This year, Arizona pays homage to California…

the Southwest Folklife Alliance and Alliance of California Traditional Arts

TMY is celebrating it’s 46th edition.

WELCOME TO TUCSON MEET YOURSELF,<https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191001_SFA_TMYProgram_Final.pdf>


We celebrate the absolute uniqueness of Tucson’s culture and heritage, one rooted in the Sonoran Desert. But we also acknowledge our strong connections to California.

K12Playground.com Promoting the Human in the Humanities

K12Playground.com Promoting the Human in the Humanities

Born Digital: Since 1996 we have allowed the public to submit their K12 School website and edit their contact information.

Founded on the belief that it is the intersections that bring the reason for authentic community to exist, the K12PlayGround.com connects the educators and community leaders, with a passion to collaborate, across disciplines and communities for the common good and the common wealth of the nation.

We wish to support Folklorists who will  lead K12 projects that help keep the human in the humanities. Visit: https://K12PlayGround.com

Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men: Political Fairy Tales of Édouard Laboulaye.

Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men: Political Fairy Tales of
Édouard Laboulaye. By Édouard Laboulaye. Translated by Jack Zipes.
Edited by Jack Zipes. 2018. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
288 pages. ISBN: 9780691181868 (hard cover).

Reviewed by Sarah N. Lawson, Indiana University

[Word count: 783 words]

Jack Zipes’s newest addition to his abundant collection of translated
fairy tale anthologies is a book of tales written by famed French
politician Édouard Laboulaye, best known in the United States for
his contributions to the Statue of Liberty. His literary work is far
less famous than his political work, but Zipes set out to translate a
number of his tales into English to demonstrate how he used his fairy
tales and other fiction as another vehicle for his political and
philosophical thinking. The tales are delightful, and they offer a
look at a little-known aspect of fairy tale history contemporary with
the tale collectors and writers from the nineteenth century.

Zipes offers a thorough introduction to the collection, providing a
short biography and career history of Laboulaye — needed, as his
fiction writing is overshadowed by the rest of his career. The
introduction helpfully situates Laboulaye’s tales into the overall
history of tale writing in Europe. He notes that although they appear
to be written for children, they are “actually too sophisticated” (3)
to qualify as children’s literature, a category steadily developing
in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In fact, several of the
tales were published in the Journal des débats, a publication for
highly educated readers. Thus, as Zipes puts it, “Laboulaye used his
fiction to reinforce his political convictions and to avoid
censorship” (8). This, along with other aspects of Zipes’s portrait
of Laboulaye, resembles the introduction to Zipes’s previous work on
the French tale writers of the late seventeenth century, Beauties,
Beasts, and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales (1989). His
useful claim that fairy tales are “part of the civilizing process” is
a term that appears repeatedly in his other work, indicating why
Laboulaye’s tales may have been of particular interest to Zipes.

The introduction offers summaries of Laboulaye’s longer works, such
as The Poodle Prince, Paris in America, and Abdallah, or the
Four-Leaf Clover, providing the reader with a better understanding of
Laboulaye’s interests and aims as a writer of fiction. These stories,
along with the tales provided in the collection, all show a kind of
moral reformation of the aristocracy, or a punishment for lack of
reformation. Their lessons are learned through magic or the actions
of lower-class characters, and not all of the stories have
happily-ever-afters. Zipes prefaces the collection by noting that he
has selected “sixteen unusually just and political tales” (20). He
presents them in chronological order from the period between 1858 and
1863 during which Laboulaye wrote fairy tales. The tales appear to be
inspired by similar narratives across Europe, including Italy and
Iceland, and adapted by Laboulaye for his own political and creative

The collection begins with the titular tale, “Smack-Bam, or the Art
of Governing Men.” It is the lengthiest of the tales, featuring a
snobbish prince who is so incensed when a girl hits him that he vows
revenge by locking her up after marrying her. The clever girl wins
out, but not before teaching the prince to be a more responsible and
humbler ruler. Indeed, humility is a prominent theme in the
collection, as both “Zerbino the Bumpkin” and “Briam the Fool”
feature protagonists with no cleverness at all who nonetheless
conquer tyrannical and greedy kings and ministers. These tales
resemble “Jack tales” in which simpletons win great wealth due to
great luck or the self-destruction of their opponents. Clever women
abound in the tales, often securing victory or safety for their male
relatives. However, Laboulaye’s criticism of the aristocracy is not
bound by gender, and vain queens and over-ambitious wives also

The latter half of the book features tales which are shorter and are
more clearly drawn from familiar tale types. “The Lazy Spinner” is
almost identical to the Grimms’ “The Three Spinners,” and
“Fragolette” is identified by Heidi Anne Heiner as a variant of
“Rapunzel” (ATU 310A) in her book Rapunzel and Other Maiden in the
Tower Tales From Around the World (2010). Similarly, “The Fairy
Crawfish” is a variant of “The Fisherman and His Wife” from the
Grimms’ collection. These examples, rather than weakening the
anthology, in fact enhance it and draw attention to the tales as part
of a thriving tale-collecting and tale-writing culture in the
nineteenth century. Further, Laboulaye’s political ideology, as
outlined by Zipes, is recognizable and holds true throughout the

The reader would benefit from referring to the introduction after
reading each tale, as Zipes provides short commentary on its
orientation within Laboulaye’s creative and political landscape.
However, the tales are entertaining reads on their own, and this
collection is a strong contribution drawing attention to a
little-recognized writer of fairy tales during this abundant period
of nineteenth-century Europe.

#Educational CyberPlayGround #NetHappenings Singing Revolution

This is the power of music & voice raised in song. When spoken word fails, the singing voice can succeed. Do you know Estonia’s history of choral groups & its “Singing Revolution?” They sang the Soviet Union out of the Baltics. Music is power. Watch.

Central Banks Are in Panic Mode — for Good Reason

On July 30, 2019, the day before the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, cut interest rates by one-quarter of one percent, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note closed the day at 2.06 percent.

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google – Axios

Alphabet Playing Both Sides
There’s no denying Alphabet is engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military, but it’s well known BigTech on both sides of the world work with their governments actively as well. Google is a divided international tech nation, both politically and ethically on these battle lines.


Jeffrey E. Epstein

In 1973, Barr’s father Donald, the headmaster at Manhattan’s Dalton School, hired Epstein as a calculus and physics teacher. Epstein’s mathematical skills caught the eye of Bear Stearns’ chairman, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, whose son attended the Dalton School. Greenberg hired Epstein as an options trader and the former teacher was able to amass a fortune.

Described by prosecutors this week as a “man of nearly infinite means,” a 2011 SEC filing has provided a window into the registered sex offender’s elite Wall Street links, according to the Financial Times.

JPMorgan Kept Jeffrey Epstein as a Client Despite Internal Warnings

Lawsuits – Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein Sex Slaves Lawsuits

Katie Johnson vs. Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein

So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.


L Brands’ Lawyers Have a Lot More to Worry about than just Jeffrey Epstein By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2019

Leslie Wexner, Chairman and CEO of L Brands
The Chairman and CEO of L Brands, Leslie (Les) Wexner, came out yesterday with a statement accusing Jeffrey Epstein of swindling “vast sums of money” from Wexner and his family.

Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein Sex Slaves Lawsuits

Get Rid of Epstein lover Manhattan DA Cy Vance

How Jeffrey Epstein Lost $80 Million in a Hedge-Fund Bet Gone Bad

Jeffrey Epstein Borrowed ‘Tainted Money’ From Deutsche Bank, Says Former Mentor

‘It’s our dark corner’: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’ no secret on St. Thomas https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/10/jeffrey-epstein-pedophile-island-no-secret-st-thom/

Leon Black kept Jeffrey Epstein as charity director after plea deal https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/leon-black-kept-jeffrey-epstein-as-charity-director-after-plea-deal/

Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell and Epstein’s girlfriend for a brief period in the ’90s. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365733/How-Prince-Andrew-shared-room-Epsteins-Caribbean-hideaway-busty-blonde-claimed-brain-surgeon.html

Robert Maxwell, born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch. He was a Flamboyant, larger than life character in Britain’s publishing world, as owner of the Daily Mirror.

The last surviving sea silk seamstress and now you can learn to code for free.

Weaving looms were part of civilizations that existed in the Paleolithic era (this is the era where humankind invented stone tools). Certainly, it was around in the Neolithic era (10,200 BC, when humans started farming). A scrap of textile was found that researchers believe dates back to 5000 BC.

Flax was the fiber most often used by Egyptian weavers at this time, but other civilizations relied on wool for making cloth, except in China and Southeast Asia, where they were already weaving silk from silkworms. By the biblical times, all major civilizations were using weaving looms.

Women in Mesopotamia used the exceptionally light fabric to embroider clothes for their kings some 5,000 years ago. It was harvested to make robes for King Solomon, bracelets for Nefertiti, and holy vestments for priests, popes and pharaohs. It’s referenced on the Rosetta Stone, mentioned 45 times in the Old Testament and thought to be the material that God commanded Moses to drape on the altar in the Tabernacle.

Vigo is believed to be the last person on Earth who still knows how to harvest, dye and embroider sea silk into elaborate patterns that glisten like gold in the sunlight.

No-one is precisely sure how or why the women in Vigo’s family started weaving byssus, but for more than 1,000 years, the intricate techniques, patterns and dying formulas of sea silk have been passed down through this astonishing thread of women – each of whom has guarded the secrets tightly before teaching them to their daughters, nieces or granddaughters.


“If you want to enter my world, I’ll show it to you,” she smiled. “But you’d have to stay here for a lifetime to understand it.”
Vigo learned the ancient craft from her maternal grandmother, who taught traditional wool weaving techniques on manual looms to the women of Sant’Antioco for 60 years. She remembers her grandmother paddling her into the ocean in a rowboat to teach her to dive when she was three years old. By age 12, she sat atop a pillow, weaving at the loom.

“My grandmother wove in me a tapestry that was impossible to unwind,” Vigo said. “Since then, I’ve dedicated my life to the sea, just as those who have come before me.”

Discussion with Maestro Chiara Vigo + screening of Il Filo dell’Acqua

Museo del Bisso di Chiara Vigo


Meanwhile . . .

Joseph-Marie Jacquard is interested in using silk for weaving and visit’s  Suzhou CHINA.

The town has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the days of the Song Dynasty, between 960 and 1279. Jacquard visited the Suzhou Silk Factory  a near 100-year old state-owned factory in Suzhou, the city of silk in China. They were using blocks for weaving at that time and this is where Jacquard copied the idea and brought it back to France.

Mechanized Weaving

Joseph-Marie Jacquard’s Loom Uses Punched Cards to Store Patterns
1801 – 1821 http://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?entryid=508

The head of a shop memorized all the patterns.

In the 1700s many inventors and industrialists tried to mechanize the weaving loom. This was done with varying degrees of success and it wasn’t until the early 1800s that power-weaving became common. This took weaving out of the home, where artist would hand-weave and turned it into a mechanized process that was done at factories.

The blocks became known as “punch cards” which would allow the machine a greater flexibility than anything mankind had then invented to do calculations.

A punch card is a piece of stiff paper that contains digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions. The information might be data for data processing applications or, as in earlier times, used to directly control automated machinery.

The terms IBM card, or Hollerith card, specifically refer to punch cards used in semiautomatic data processing.

Punch cards were widely used through much of the 20th century in what became known as the data processing industry, where specialized and increasingly complex unit record machines, organized into data processing systems, used punched cards for data input, output, and storage. Many early digital computers used punched cards, often prepared using keypunch machines, as the primary medium for input of both computer programs and data.

Punch cards are the beginning of computer programs. Learn to turn the ones and zero’s on and off.

Tell the punch cards what to do 🙂

 Scott E  Fahlman             :-) 
From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes - given current trends.  For this, use

Learn to code for free.


“There are so many aspects of civilization that can be improved through better systems — and software is just a way of telling computers how to enact those systems.” — Quincy Larson

FOLKLIFE Sinking Louisiana: Preserving Culture

Sinking Louisiana: Preserving Culture

The Bayou Culture Collaborative

www.louisianafoklife.org/bayouculture) has attracted more media attention
than any other project in 30+ years in Louisiana (not Florida).


Maida Owens + GUMBO

Wolfgang Mieder, an international proverb scholar

Wolfgang Mieder International #Proverb Library

Wolfgang Mieder, an international proverb scholar, stands amidst his lifelong collection of proverb books at the U. of Vermont.

youtubes of Wolfgang

He learned that many of the proverbs people treasure are traceable to Greek and Roman antiquity (“Time flies.”) or to religious texts (“Pride comes before the fall.”) or to an era in which Latin was the lingua franca (“Not everything that glitters is gold.”). Then there are proverbs that are indigenous to specific cultures. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” and “Go big or go home” are quintessentially American, Mieder says.

Proverbs are not absolute truth, Mieder says, since the wisdoms they impart often don’t align. Yes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” But also, if you’re “out of sight,” you’re “out of mind.”

“Proverbs are as contradictory as life,” he says.

To many, quippy sayings like “Time is money” are synonymous with the Founding Father. People think Franklin thought them up. But Wolfgang Mieder, one of the world’s leading proverb scholars, knows better.

Mieder and a colleague traced the saying to a short, anonymous text published in a London-based newspaper, Free Thinker, in 1719. In fact, many of the sayings commonly attributed to Franklin actually come from English proverb collections, said Mieder, a professor of German and folklore at the University of Vermont.

Tracking down the origins of proverbs is “detective work,” he says. “You kind of feel like you’re discovering things.” He has researched and written about cultural wisdoms for nearly five decades and, in the process, amassed a one-of-a-kind scholarly library. It includes about 9,000 books (including 252 that Mieder has written, co-authored, or edited) and 6,500 photocopied articles and dissertations, all about proverbs. He doubts anything like it exists, anywhere.

RIP: Nicholas Vrooman Folklorist

“The Whole Country was… ‘One Robe'”:
The Little Shell Tribe’s America
Co-published by the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe,’” by historian and folklorist Nicholas Vrooman

Mike Korn  writes:

Nicholas Vrooman came to Montana in 1975, to work as a ranch hand on the
Mannix Ranch outside of Helmville. That experience made a pretty big
impression on him, working in beaverslide country side-by-side with
ranchers and cowboys in the Blackfoot Valley — an’ taking in a big ol’
gulp of Montana culture. In time, he went on to build a prodigious career
as one of our regions’ premiere and most passionate advocates of
traditional culture – our folklife – and the many peoples who make up the
patchwork quilt of the American West. For us in Montana, he served as State
Folklorist, and was involved in helping build the foundation for the Butte
Folk Festival. His knowledge and active support of the many folk cultures
of the Treasure State was second to none. Nick’s Montana was one of cowboy poets and ranchers, Butte ethnics, our many Indigenous Peoples, miners, cooks, singers, fiddlers, bootmakers, beaders, quilters, drummers,
storytellers—all of the folks who put their particular brand on and make
this The Last Best Place. In essence, Nick played cultural back-up guitar,
always putting the traditional folks up front and center stage, all the
while keeping steady background rhythm to support them in any way he could- and never missing a beat. He was both an academic with very impressive credentials as well as a popular writer and speaker. Throughout it all, he never lost the folksy touch.

Nick came to be one of the most knowledgeable and ardent advocates on
behalf of the Little Shell Band through his work in the further
documentation of their history and culture. Also called the Metis, their
history and role in the West and Montana was not as well-known but was as
strong as the other Great Plains Native peoples. Nick’s tireless research,
writing, and interviews became an important lynchpin in their struggle for
federal tribal recognition. His efforts also succeeded in creating an
awareness and appreciation of the Metis that spread far outside of western
Native communities. http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/

A list of his accomplishments, friendships, work- the totality of his
efforts and life on behalf of Montana as well as America’s folk cultures
would go on for volumes.

Se lost Nick suddenly on June 26th.

Also See

Metis clothing


What is Cowboy poetry?



Métis fiddle is the style which the Métis of Canada and Métis in the northern United States have developed to play the violin, solo and in folk ensembles. It is marked by the percussive use of the bow and percussive accompaniment. The Meti people blend First Nations, French, English, Celtic and other ancestry. Fiddles were “introduced in this area by Scottish and French-Canadian fur traders in the early 1800s”.Wikipedia
Stylistic origins:Jigs, Reels, Strathspey (dance)
Cultural origins:Métis people (Canada), Métis people (United States)

Metis Fiddling


I think of him now, his legs dangling over the edge of the wagon box of an
old,squeaky celestial Red River cart, grinning ear to ear, enveloped and
embraced by the hop-scotch double-stop rhythms of Metis fiddlers ….and
maybe even jumpin’ down and dancing a little Red River jig himself….
amongst the stars across the Montana sky….…. One Robe. So long, Nick. It’s
been good to know ya’.

History of The Metis Jig Dance


Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19

Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. NetHappenings and K12Newsletters 6.2.19


  • Find a School – Discover the right school for your child.

  • The history of sign language

  • The contemporary Icelandic belief in elves explained

  • Anatomy of a Perfect Album: On Joni Mitchell’s Blue

  • Joel Bernstein lifetime achievement award for photography

  • Virality Is Dead

  • David Epstein on the Genius of the Self-Taught Musician

  • Personas of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon

  • 737 MAX Disaster fatal consequences

  • US Customs Facial Recognition Photos Data Breach

  • Why airport face scans are a privacy trap

  • GPS Degraded Across Much of US

  • Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries

Find a School – Discover the right school for your child.
Find and compare K12 Schools and School Districts in the USA and Territories.  https://k12playground.com/


The history of sign language

Anatomy of a Perfect Album: On Joni Mitchell’s Blue
Mitchell starts the record right off with wanderlust, her first words: I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling, amplifying the feeling later: I am on a lonely road and I am traveling / Looking for the key to set me free. By boat, plane, foot, and ice skate, her whims and fancies take her to a Greek island, Paris (she doesn’t like it there), Spain, Las Vegas, maybe Amsterdam and Rome, and return home to her Ithaca, which is California. You hear Mitchell’s original Canadian-ness when she lands on the word “sorrow” as “soe-row” on “Little Green,” a poignant 1967 song, revived for this recording, from the perspective of a young single mother, also in the reverent way she intones the Canadian national anthem, “O Canada,” in the middle of “A Case of You.”

Friend  JOEL BERNSTEIN Musician / Photographer / Writer / Archivist  Compilation of Photographs – all the album covers you know
2018 IPHF FEATURES PROFILE ON JOEL FOR HIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD [ friend during junior high / high school times ]

Images of rock legends from Laurel Canyon

Virality Is Dead
I’m an independent concert promoter going on 40 years now. My clients are now only a few, and I work them nationwide. Without question, Facebook “boosted posts” are quietly putting radio and print out of business in terms of how to get the word out on a cost-effective basis. And you don’t really need virality anymore in order to promote an artist or event.
I’m not talking Facebook “ads,” but “boosted posts.” Users see these posts from the artist’s page in their newsfeeds and can share them organically, unlike “ads,” which cannot be shared. I used to spend thousands of dollars breaking a show with print ads and radio. I won’t mention the act or the market, but recently I spent $1000 on a print ad in a major metropolitan market and… in a literal example of the old saying… “Did 10 tickets.” That’s right. I sold exactly 10 tickets, not even covering the cost of the ad. I spent a fraction of that amount on boosted Facebook posts and did 500 tickets. And you wonder how the Russians spent only $100k on Facebook and turned an entire election in 2016? ~ Brian Martin”

David Epstein on the Genius of the Self-Taught Musician

What David Bowie Borrowed From William Burroughs On the Shifting Personas of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon

Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries
In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019, the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.

Folklore: The contemporary Icelandic belief in elves explained

Overview of the ArtPlace/DAISA initiative (download a copy of the report) here: https://www.artplaceamerica.org/agriculture-food
The report argues that “integrating artistic and cultural practices with food and agriculture enables a creative and inclusive process and ensures community members see their identities, histories, and interests reflected in the work.” ~ Clifford Murphy – Folk & Traditional Arts Director | Multidisciplinary Arts National Endowment for the Arts


Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap

How Boeing’s Bean-Counters Courted the 737 MAX Disaster Just when the smallest jet should have been replaced with a new model, the company fell into tight-fisted hands—with fatal consequences. https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-boeing-bean-counters-courted-the-737-max-disaster

US Customs And Border Protection’s Database Of Traveler Facial Recognition Photos Was Stolen In A Data Breach
“CBP learned that a subcontractor … transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network. The subcontractor’s network was subsequently compromised by a malicious cyber-attack.” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/daveyalba/the-us-governments-database-of-traveler-photos-has-been

GPS Degraded Across Much of US
Blog Editor’s Note: Even as a Presidential Advisory Board was discussing GPS as “the Gold Standard” for satellite-based navigation last week, the system may have been operating in a degraded mode.
On Sunday the Federal Aviation Administration held a teleconference to discuss the issue that seems to have persisted for several days.  While not “failing,” GPS signal quality seems to have degraded and this is impacting some equipment and services. Specifically, the aviation safety Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast system has been impacted across much of the United States. FAA has posted the following map depicting the areas impacted:
These problems have delayed and cancelled flights, possibly by the thousands. The FAA seems to have addressed some of this problem by issuing waivers for some aircraft to fly without operable ADS-B safety systems, as long as they stay on pre-planned routes and below 28,000 ft altitude.
Speculation on some on-line forums point to specific manufactures’ equipment and aircraft that are primarily effected. Previous degradation in GPS signal quality, such as the SVN-23 caused problem in January 2016, have shown that equipment from different vendors react differently to the problem. Some are unaffected, some go offline, and some just perform poorly.
The January 2016 SVN-23 degradation caused much of the nation’s ADS-B system to be unavailable for much of the day. Other receivers and systems were impacted also. Cellular networks, first responder systems, digital broadcast, and numerous other systems were impacted.
Watchstanders at the US Coast Guard Navigation Center seemed unaware of the problem early Monday morning, but promised to investigate and respond.