Beyond Tarzan and National Geographic: The politics and poetics of presenting African diasporic cultures on the Mall

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

At the Festival of American Folklife, presenters are key mediators between culture bearers and festival visitors, fostering in theory, dialogic cultural exchange. Examining the African Immigrant Folklife Program (1997), I evaluate the successes and failures of the presenter's position and the specific challenges of presenting African diasporic cultures at the festival. This first scholarly investigation of this key role concludes that many visitors overlook the presenters as they visually consume the sights on the Mall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-111+124
JournalJournal of American Folklore
Volume121
Issue number479
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Beyond Tarzan and National Geographic: The politics and poetics of presenting African diasporic cultures on the Mall'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this