Oregon traditional artist Janet Komoto Taiko drumming. Photo credit to Douglas Manger.
The Oregon Folklife Network’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) call for applications is now open for 2015.
This program honors excellent master traditional artists and culture keepers and invites them to apply with apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group for a $3,000 stipend. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise. Click here for the application or here for previous TAAP awardee profiles. Read on for more information about this year’s application.
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by Adrienne Decker
Photo courtesy of Douglas Manger
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is proud to present its new exhibit Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon. This exhibit celebrates the continuity of occupational traditions in rural Oregon and encourages audience understanding and appreciation of art forms arising from ranching practices. The exhibit was made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the fieldwork of folklorists Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma. Featuring artists from Malheur, Harney and Lake counties, the exhibit traces the development from vaquero to buckaroo and promotes the work of some of Oregon’s finest gear makers.
by Jules Helweg-Larsen
Photo from the University of Oregon Libraries shows the Quack Ops logo seen in town. No longer operating, Quack Ops was a student-run business for “underground apparel for ducks, by ducks,” where fans took their representation into their own hands.
Living in Eugene, it is impossible to escape Duck Pride as Oregon football fandom. Church sermons invoke the Ducks and refer to the team’s hard work and dedication. Grocery store transactions and chats at local cafes or gas stations conclude with “Go Ducks!” Fans wear school colors and jerseys, as well as shirts stating “QUACK ATTACK” and “Come to the Duck Side”.