Lesson 1

Lesson 1 introduces the basic topics of study by providing examples and activities for students. The first two activities examine the general nature of folklife and folk arts. The third activity, and the extension of the lesson, help students focus on their own folk groups and the accompanying folklife.

Rationale for Lesson

Key Concepts Essential Questions
All people belong to cultural groups. What are groups to which you belong?
Cultural groups have both similarities and differences. What are some similarities and differences between cultural groups?
People express themselves through cultural groups. What are the means of expression through cultural groups.
Different categories of folklife, especially folk and traditional arts, are often the means of cultural expression. What categories of folklife are used for expression in the folk groups to which you belong?
Folk arts can be divided into five general categories or genres. What are Nebraska examples of the five folk art genres?
Folk arts are important to study because they express group identity. What are some examples of folk arts that express the identity of Nebraska cultural groups?
Proper interviewing, note taking, and recording techniques are necessary for investigating folk arts and related folk traditions. What are proper interviewing, note taking and recording techniques?

Sally Briones Dittmar, dressmaker and traditional dance instructor, Scottsbluff 1997 (Courtesy of Nebraska State Historical Society Photo Archives)