The Association of Western States Folklorists and the Western States Arts Federation are pleased to announce the 2012 AWSF annual meeting will be held in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, on April 15-18. Full information is available in the attached document.

AWSF 2012 Registration Information & Form


AWSF 2012 Meeting in Wyoming

The 2012 AWSF meeting is scheduled for April 15-18 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Planning is just getting underway, but there will be a one-day professional development workshop, two days of discussions, and a field trip to Laramie. We will be staying at the historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne (, right across the street from the Union Pacific Depot pictured here. Stay tuned for more details.

Zoria Zetaruk of Las Vegas, a Canadian-born pysanky artist of Ukrainian heritage, passed away on August 26, 2011, at the age of 97. The AWSF annual meeting in 2002 was held in Las Vegas, and as part of The Graze we visited Zoria at the senior center where she taught egg decorating for 20 years. We all had to try our hand, and had a wonderful time with Zoria and her helpers learning how to design and dye eggs. We also visited a hat maker, so I threw in a few of those photos, too.



The annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) is scheduled for April 10-14 in Virginia City, Nevada. See the attached PDF for all the pertinent information, including a registration form and a draft agenda. We are very excited that Betsy Peterson will be joining us to facilitate a day-long discussion on the present state and future possibilities of public folklore, thanks to a Best Practices Consultancy grant from the American Folklore Society.



AWSF 2011 Registration Information & Form

As requested, here are our colleagues enjoying the fruits of their labors during the 2008 AWSF Media Show & Tell in Port Townsend, WA. Photo by Christina Barr.

For those of you invited to this blog who may be as clueless as I am, once Ross signed me up and I received my invitation, I went back to the WorkPress site and signed in using my new username and password. Then I clicked on the awsf letters under the hulk that appears to represent me and this took me to the Dashboard where I found a button that says “Write.” Thanks Ross for making a blogger out of me.  – Rebecca

When I arrived at the airport Wednesday I remembered I had brought a copy of Sierra Magazine (November/December 2006) with me to share. It has a couple articles that many of you may have been interested in. One of those articles happens to be “What Food Nation Do You Call Home?” by Gary Nabhan which is luckily online for our consumption: This article came out, I believe, just as the book Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions was released. The article gives a nice overview of all the food nations and their primary food source. You can find recipes from the different nations online through the Sierra club at If any of you are interested in collecting your own pine nuts, my cousin owns land in the Duchensne area of Utah and has several pinyon trees with nuts he never collects or eats. Could be a fun outing for those adventurous types – no amenities. I can start looking for a local who knows the ins and outs of harvesting pine nuts.

The other article that I wanted to share was “Truth in Labeling,” it is also on the Sierra Clubs online magazine

After the meeting I found – “Big Organic Inc.” If you are interested in which company’s own what popular labels you can study this website I found the Sierra’s blurb, “Some natural-food veterans worry that the new megaproducers bring with them the same old problems of conventional agriculture, such as energy intensive, long distance food transportation, and that they will exert pressure to weaken organic standards. On the other hand, growth in the sector keeps an enormous amount of synthetic poisons out of circulation and makes healthy, affordable organic food available to those not lucky enough to live near a farmers’ market.” to reinforce what Katherine Baril presented and the importance of supporting our local farmers before we buy organic from the store.

I am working on my garden today. If any of you are ever traveling along Hwy 40 between Colorado and Northern Utah and you make it to Heber City you should stop by – I’ll fill your car with vegetables.

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