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Toelken, Barre 1935-

Overview
Works: 57 works in 139 publications in 2 languages and 7,833 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folk literature  Fiction  Folk songs  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  History  Handbooks and manuals  Classification 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Photographer
Classifications: GR40, 398.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Barre Toelken
The dynamics of folklore by Barre Toelken( )

21 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 2,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most comprehensive and widely praised introductions to folklore ever written. Toelken's discussion of the history and meaning of folklore is delivered in straightforward language, easily understood definitions, and a wealth of insightful and entertaining examples. Toelken emphasizes dynamism and variety in the vast array of folk expressions he examines, from ""the biology of folklore, "" to occupational and ethnic lore, food ways, holidays, personal experience narratives, ballads, myths, proverbs, jokes, crafts, and others. Chapters are followed by bibliographical essays, and over
The anguish of snails : Native American folklore in the West by Barre Toelken( )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Anguish of Snails, Toelken draws on performance theory, his influential ideas about cultural worldviews, and an emphasis on collaborative work with tradition bearers to speculate about, discover, and find insight in Native American visual and material arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinking and discovery." "While many Native Americans claim exclusive rights and access to those traditions they hold sacred or fear will be misappropriated or misinterpreted, their cultures are mostly open to view from outside. Respect, sensitive observation, and careful listening are often all that are needed to access and understand the patterns of their cultural expressions. Toelken has packed his book with examples and anecdotes drawn from decades of living and working with Indians and their communities. As he has shown time and again in earlier works, his analysis is thoughtful, his observations acute, and his ideas compelling."--Jacket
Ghosts and the Japanese : cultural experience in Japanese death legends by Michiko Iwasaka( )

15 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Japanese have ambivalent attitudes toward death, deeply rooted in pre-Buddhist traditions. In this scholarly but accessible work, authors Iwasaka and Toelken show that everyday beliefs and customs--particularly deathtraditions--offer special insight into the living culture of Japan
Traditional storytelling today : an international sourcebook by Margaret Read MacDonald( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional Storytelling Today explores the diversity of contemporary storytelling traditions and provides a forum for in-depth discussion of interesting facets of comtemporary storytelling. Never before has such a wealth of information about storytelling traditions been gathered together. Storytelling is alive and well throughout the world as the approximately 100 articles by more than 90 authors make clear. Most of the essays average 2,000 words and discuss a typical storytelling event, give a brief sample text, and provide theory from the folklorist. A comprehensive index is provided. Bibliographies afford the reader easy access to additional resources
Morning dew and roses : nuance, metaphor, and meaning in folksongs by Barre Toelken( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If morning dew and roses are metaphorical signifiers, he prompts us to ask, what might they say to the folk communities that sustain and share them? Toelken draws on both his published work and his extensive unpublished research on English-language and German-Austrian folksong. The German references he offers show that the nuances are not coincidental or unique to English ballad development but reflect a widespread northern European pattern of metaphoric expression
Native American oral traditions : collaboration and tradition by Barre Toelken( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collaboration between Native American and non-Native American scholars in the study of Native oral traditions. Seven sets of intercultural authors present Native American oral texts with commentary, exploring dimensions of perspective, discovery, and meaning that emerge through collaborative translation and interpretation. The texts studied all come from the American West, but include a rich variety of material, since their tribal sources range from the Yupik in the Arctic to the Yaqui in the Sonoran Desert
Oral Patterns of Performance : Story and Song by Barre Toelken( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To many Native American cultures, songs and stories are dramatic enactments of reality. To some words bring reality into existence. In this chapter from his award-winning The Anguish of Snails, Toelken thoughtfully approaches a number of stories from Native American traditions. He discusses how narratives can be touchstones of shared values among closely associated traditional people and how songs and stories go far beyond an evening's entertainment or "lessons" about life. A traditional narrative can be a culturally structured way of thinking and of experiencing the patterns that make culture real
The ballad and the scholars : approaches to ballad study : papers presented at a Clark Library seminar, 22 October 1983 by D. K Wilgus( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West by Barre Toelken( )

1 edition published in 2003 in Undetermined and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ghost and the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends by Barre Toelken( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Instructor's manual The dynamics of folklore by Barre Toelken( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fragments and meaning in traditional song : from the blues to the Baltic by Mary-Ann Constantine( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book takes a radical approach to the study of traditional songs. Folk song scholarship was originally obsessed with notions of completeness and narrative coherence; even now long narratives hold a privileged place in most folk song canons. Yet field notebooks and recordings (and, increasingly, publications) overwhelmingly suggest that apparently 'broken' and drastically shortened versions are not perceived as incomplete by those who sing them. Dealing with a wide range of traditions and languages, this study turns the focus on these 'dog-ends' of oral tradition, and looks closely at how very short texts convey meaning in performance by working the audience's knowledge of a highly allusive idiom. What emerges is the tenacity of meaning in the connotative and metaphorical language of traditional song, and the extraordinary adaptability of songs in different cultural contexts. Such pieces have a strong metonymic force: they should not be seen as residual 'last leaves' of a once-complete tradition, but as dynamic elements in the process of oral transmission."--Jacket
Giving birth to Thunder, sleeping with his daughter : Coyote builds North America by Barry Holstun Lopez( Book )

2 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prankster, warrior, seducer, fool & ndash; Old Man Coyote is the most enduring legend in Native American culture. Crafty and cagey & ndash; often the victim of his own magical intrigues and lusty appetites & ndash; he created the earth and man, scrambled the stars and first brought fire ... and death. Barry Lopez & ndash; National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams and recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for his bestselling masterwork Of Wolves and Men & ndash; has collected sixty-eight tales from forty-two tribes, and brings to life a timeless myth that abounds with sly wit, erotic adventure, and rueful wisdom
The dynamics of folklore, instructor's manual by Barre Toelken( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A garland of American folksong by Barre Toelken( Recording )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What we leave behind : reflections by Ahtna Elders( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hopi animal stories( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Women and folklore( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Third annual cowboy poetry festival]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Filmed as an entertainment program in connection with National Library Week, April 1987. Features folk music, cowboy poetry recitations, and background information about the collection of cowboy poetry and lore housed at Utah State University
Barre Toelken image collection by Barre Toelken( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographs and slides collected or taken by Barre Toelken from 1954 to 2002, including pictures of cemeteries, Native American customs (mostly Navajo), folk art, vernacular architecture, and customs of Austria, Germany, Japan, United States, and topical images
 
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The dynamics of folklore
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The anguish of snails : Native American folklore in the WestGhosts and the Japanese : cultural experience in Japanese death legendsTraditional storytelling today : an international sourcebookMorning dew and roses : nuance, metaphor, and meaning in folksongsNative American oral traditions : collaboration and traditionGhost and the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death LegendsHopi animal stories
Alternative Names
Barre Toelken American folkorist

Barre Toelken Amerikaans folklorist

Barre Toelken US-amerikanischer Volkskundler

Toelken, Barre

Languages
English (95)

German (2)