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The collections held by the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress comprise cultural documentation of folk and traditional culture from six continents, every U.S. state and territory, and the District of Columbia. Additionally, AFC staff maintain reference resources that provide descriptive access to our collections; create digital publications such as blogs or podcasts that offer interpretation and context for our collections; and produce public programming that augments collection materials.
These geographic guides offer entry points into the above resources, and draw on the collective knowledge and expertise of the AFC staff.
American Folklife Center collections from the state of Washington document the diversity of its expressive culture. Among its unique collections are recordings are the Chehallis, Clayoquot, Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Nooksack, Nisqualli, Puyallup, Quileute, Samish, Skagit, Snohomish, Skokomish, Squamish, and Yakima tribal groups. Between 1988 and 1993 the American Folklife Center conducted the Italian Americans in the West Project documenting the traditions of Italian Americans. A portion of this field study was conducted in eastern Washington.
In this video folklorist Jens Lund discusses traditional poetry among other occupational groups and is still found among workers in the Pacific Northwest such as loggers, commercial fishers, and miners. The majority of the poets live or work in Washington. September 12, 2013.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.
In this Ruže Dalmatinke performs Croatian songs at the Library of Congress. Binki Franulovic Spahi (lead voice) and Alma Franulovic Plancich (second voice) lead Ruze Dalmatinke in singing, and are responsible for the group's adherence to traditional purity in their music. From the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia, they immigrated with their family to the United States after World War II. July 18, 2012.