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Why American Folklife Studies?

More than any other modern nation, the United States is an amalgam of people from all over the world. Its "main stream" flows from Europe with its myriad cultures which traditionally have fed into and been nourished by Western civilization. As European populations came to occupy the New World, they discovered another segment of their own species long in possession of the land. This group, really hundreds of tribes called American Indians, was removed by thousands of years from the Western tradition. For some scholars, notably anthropologists, the recognition of this separateness raised a series of questions which could only be answered by ...

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