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Polish-American Folklore
Integrating vivid photographs, firsthand observations, and interviews against a rich backdrop of ethnic practices and traditions, Deborah Anders Silverman explores how Polish Americans are creatively adapting the rural peasant folklore of the old country


 
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Integrating vivid photographs, firsthand observations, and interviews against a rich backdrop of ethnic practices and traditions, Deborah Anders Silverman explores how Polish Americans are creatively adapting the rural peasant folklore of the old country to life in multicultural, urban America.
Silverman surveys rituals of courtship, marriage, coming of age, and funerals. She follows the trail of folk stories and delves into folk music and dance, particularly the polka, providing a detailed discussion of texts, contexts, and performance practices. She also describes birthing practices, home remedies, superstitions, folk blessings, and miracle cures. In addition, she offers a wealth of information on foodways and on the origins and celebration of holy days, from Christmas Eve vigils to the Dyngus Day festivals of the Easter season. Polish-American Folklore reveals a community that preserves distinctive traditions even though geographically dispersed in a new homeland. This "Polonia without walls" is united by a resilient, dynamic, family-oriented culture that attracts not only Polish immigrants and their descendants but also newcomers from other ethnic and racial groups.

"In a work impeccably researched and alive with the cultural experiences of individuals, Deborah Anders Silverman illuminates the folklore of Polish Americans, from polkas to pierogi, from wigilia to weddings. A must for every Polish American and for anyone else curious about the human dimensions of ethnicity in a pluralistic society." -- James P. Leary, director of the folklore program, University of Wisconsin
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  • 272 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25" - 16cm x 23.5cm
  • 28 photographs
  • 2000


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