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Wisconsin Folklife
A Celebration of Wisconsin Traditions
Edited by Richard March and Marshall Cook

Yah hey! Check out our cheesehead traditions

This lively and colorfully illustrated book documents Wisconsin folk traditions in the 1990s: building Harley motorcycles and Ojibwe birch bark canoes; gatherings at neighborhood taverns, polka dances, the Mexican neighborhood store, or the sturgeon-spearing shanties on Lake Winnebago; working on a dairy farm or at a lakeside fish market; brokering a Hmong marriage or restoring the Dickeyville Grotto; and "cheeseheads" tailgating at Lambeau field before a Green Bay Packers football game.

Written for a general readership by folklorists, cultural anthropologists, and historians, this book resulted from the Wisconsin Folklife. Festivals staged by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and by the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison, Wisconsin, in honor of the 1998 Wisconsin Sesquicentennial.

Richard March is the folk arts coordinator at the Wisconsin Arts Board and the producer and host of the "Downhome Dairyland" show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Marshall Cook is professor of continuing studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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the cover of Wisconsin Folklife is a leather brown, with four inset color photos of Wisconsin folk traditions.

November 1998

64 pp.  8 1/2 x 11
56 color photos, 3 b/w photos   

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