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The North Carolina Folklore Journal has a long history of publishing studies of North Carolina folklore and folklife, analyses of folklore in Southern literature, and articles whose rigorous methodology or innovative approach contribute to statewide and local folklife study.

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As a publication of the North Carolina Folklore Society, the Journal is committed to the cataloging of studies of folklore, and to providing a medium of expression and information for the voice of folk artists and folklorists in North Carolina.

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In Issue 60.1&2  Special 100th Anniversary of the NC Folklore Society Issue; 2013 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards; Jack and the Camera; Fish Stew; Comprehensive Index. Full Test Available Here.

In Issue 59.2 2012 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards; Alan Jabbour and Karen Singer Jabbour on the Balsam Highland Style of Cemetery Decoration; Gary Carden’s Appalachian Bestiary. Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 59.1Remembering Malcolm Fowler; North Carolina at Work; Photography of Cedric Chatterley; Seafood Trends; Menhaden Industry’s Last Days; Sweet Potatoes; Archie Green; Cherokee Wood-Carver Amanda Crowe.  Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 58.22011 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards; A Discourse on Bees; Origin of “Tar Heel”; Fa-So-La and Shaped-Note Singing.  Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 58.1A Special Issue dedicated to Tom McGowan, co-edited with Sandy Ballard of the Appalachian Journal. Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 57.2 2010 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards; Cherokee Basketry Revival; Reviews of Gary Carden’s recent videos and William Ferris’ Give My Poor Heart Ease; An obituary for Carlton Haney. Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 57.1Lucy Long on Asheville’s Foodscape; The Women of Meat Camp, North Carolina; Ballads and Appalachian Literature. Full Text Available Here.

In Issue 56.2 – E.T. Malone Jr.’s Prevaricating with All the Masters of Antiquity; Brown-Hudson and Community Tradition Awards; A History of Bluegrass Guitar in Western North Carolina; Women Serpent-Handlers in Contemporary Appalachia. Full Text Available Here.


In issue 56.1 – Archie Green’s work in North Carolina; The ballad collecting of I.G. Greer; A North Carolina murder ballad; Edith Walker’s ballad collection; Two books on Orville Hicks; A compact disc on Mrs. Hyatt’s Oprahouse; A video on Mountain speech. Full Text Available Here.


In issue 55.2 Karen Baldwin Tribute Issue. Brown-Hudson and Community Tradition Awards; David Cecelski’s Playing Croquet Until Dark: Voices of Portsmouth Islanders; Ballad digitization at Appalachian State University. Full Text Available Here.


In issue 55.1 Special UNC Folklore Curriculum Issue. The Vernacular Modernism of Felipe Jesus Consalvos; Cultural Life in a Folk Coffee House; Festival and Ritual in Professional Football; the Marketing of Antique Heritage.


In issue 54.2 – NCFS Awards; The Asheville Drum Circle; Exploring the fiddle tune Sally Ann; Review of Kim Sloan’s A New World: England’s First View of America.

In issue 54.1 – News from the NCFS; The Folklore of Food at the Lake Eden Arts Festival; Ramps; The History and Evolution of the Shag; The Semiotics of Home and Town Spaces in Princeville; Mule Traditions in Benson; Reviews.

In issue 53.2 – NCFS Awards; La Virgen de Guadalupe in North Carolina; Memories of Turpentine; Bluegrass pioneer J.C. Kemp; Folklorist’s Digital Toolkit; Reviews.

In issue 53.1 - The photography of David Holt, with an appreciation of his work; The culture of ramps and ramp festivals; The drink-house world of Captain Luke; Book and CD reviews

In issue 52.2 - "Coming Together at the North Carolina Table"

To hear Foy Allen Edelman's interviews with North Carolinians dicussing some of their favorite recipes and stories, click the title:
"Roast Bear" - Jennie and Jim Vance - Avery County
"Yancey County Reunion" - Mr. Levi & Miss Hattie
"Chocolate Cake" - Margaret King - Moore County
"Chest Pie" - Nolie & Bettie Zimmerman - Rowan County
"Shrimp Stew" - Wilbur King - Lenoir County
"Collards" - Barbara Roberson - Beaufort County

 Boundary Stack Pie

" - Lula Owl, Laura & Cory Blankenship
"'Franco-American' Shrimp Stew" - Becky & Alton Paul - Carteret County
"Heritage Apples" Tom Brown - Forsyth County
"Souse Meat" - Inez Blackwell - Caswell County

Also in 52.2 - "Grandma Mabel's Days"

To see the whole journal of Mabel McMasters Bowden and other materials related to the Dark family, go to:

In issue 52.1 - "Portsmouth Homecoming"

View Jan Eason's documentary slide show (25 MB Real Media - requires RealPlayer) or (text).

Last Updated 1-August-2012
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