web site hit counter A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious Beliefs, Customs, Sayings and - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious Beliefs, Customs, Sayings and

Availability: Ready to download

In A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore, editor Harold Courlander brings together an extensive and unique collection of tales, recollections, epics, traditions, beliefs, myths, historical chronicles, and songs from the numerous Negro cultures of the New World. Courlander explores the unwritten traditions and literature of the Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands o In A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore, editor Harold Courlander brings together an extensive and unique collection of tales, recollections, epics, traditions, beliefs, myths, historical chronicles, and songs from the numerous Negro cultures of the New World. Courlander explores the unwritten traditions and literature of the Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, the areas of Central and South America inhabited by people of African descent, the black communities of the United States, and many others. With a focus on the interconnectedness of cultural inheritances throughout the Afro-American region as well as the local divergences, this remarkable collection demonstrates the powerful cultural influence of Africa on this side of the Atlantic. A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore is a must-read for anyone interested in this exciting aspect of America's cultural history. Illustrated with photographs and drawings throughout, this classic collection is now beautifully repackaged. "This is the most important collection of Afro-American folklore compiled."—Ralph Ellison


Compare

In A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore, editor Harold Courlander brings together an extensive and unique collection of tales, recollections, epics, traditions, beliefs, myths, historical chronicles, and songs from the numerous Negro cultures of the New World. Courlander explores the unwritten traditions and literature of the Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands o In A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore, editor Harold Courlander brings together an extensive and unique collection of tales, recollections, epics, traditions, beliefs, myths, historical chronicles, and songs from the numerous Negro cultures of the New World. Courlander explores the unwritten traditions and literature of the Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, the areas of Central and South America inhabited by people of African descent, the black communities of the United States, and many others. With a focus on the interconnectedness of cultural inheritances throughout the Afro-American region as well as the local divergences, this remarkable collection demonstrates the powerful cultural influence of Africa on this side of the Atlantic. A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore is a must-read for anyone interested in this exciting aspect of America's cultural history. Illustrated with photographs and drawings throughout, this classic collection is now beautifully repackaged. "This is the most important collection of Afro-American folklore compiled."—Ralph Ellison

30 review for A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious Beliefs, Customs, Sayings and

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    I picked this book because I knew it would be way out of my comfort zone. I am not familiar with African Folklore at all. I read the section from the Masai tribe which consisted mostly of legends and sayings of the Masai tribe. I found it very interesting and it was a nice look into their beliefs and sayings and cultural norms. I would like to read more of this book and get a glimpse at other tribes legends and folklore.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Lulu

    It's hard to review this book. On the one hand I think it's really important. My daughter wanted my attention as I was trying to finish this book and I told her as a compromise I would read her the book, but she might think it's boring. She asked me what it was about to make up her mind. I told her it was written about something interesting, but it wasn't written in the most interesting way. I asked her if she knew where Africa is. I told her that Africa is full of countries, as she knows, but t It's hard to review this book. On the one hand I think it's really important. My daughter wanted my attention as I was trying to finish this book and I told her as a compromise I would read her the book, but she might think it's boring. She asked me what it was about to make up her mind. I told her it was written about something interesting, but it wasn't written in the most interesting way. I asked her if she knew where Africa is. I told her that Africa is full of countries, as she knows, but that before those countries were there, there were different countries. I told her that Europeans came to Africa and changed the boundaries of all of the countries, and changed the rules, but before the European countries came there were different countries with different rules. I told her these are the stories of those people and their countries. Walking through this explanation with my daughter told me that this book is important. I was grateful for the conversation with my daughter that was sparked just because I was holding this book in my hands. At the same time, the quality of the retellings--as these are all basically retellings of retellings--varies greatly. Some of the stories are told with regard to literary conventions, some are heavy-handed in their translations. There is a lot of variety in quality of retelling that leaves plenty of room for improvement. As far as the content that was chosen--I appreciate the variety in this regard. There are epics, fairy tales, poetry, song, proverbs. I like the variety of selection. I like that there is historical information and biographical-so-to-speak information introducing each collection of work. I appreciate the extensive bibliography and that each reference and the format of citations that allowed for a smooth reading experience. I really enjoyed the proverbs and the explanation of the proverbs. I think proverbs are one of my favorite things to learn about different cultures. Having said all of this, this is evidently a European construction. This appears to be a book constructed for and by Europeans--based on the source material and on the quality of the introductions to each collection. The material as written, is multiple degrees from it's origin, and each degree is primarily European. On the one hand I feel grateful to Europeans who cared enough to make cultural observations and record cultural details of African people, because it is better than having the culture completely disintegrated and erased. On the other hand, it is difficult to sit comfortably in the knowledge that these histories were obtained parallel to bullying and abuse to African cultures through colonialism, and the nature of the re-tellings is of one European to another confiding, "Let me tell you what these natives are about." Whereas the relationships between Europeans and Africans being what they were in the time these narratives were collected, perhaps this is as much as can be hoped for--I do not know enough personally about how these stories were acquired. At the same time, given the copywright date of 1996, given the knowledge that Africans are capable of speaking for themselves, it makes hearing the stories through a European lens uncomfortable to say the least. So, in conclusion, I'm happy to have read this Treasury of African Folklore. I'm grateful that as an American, whereas American culture predominantly erases Indigenous history, agency, and even presence, I'm grateful that this book offers me a way to deprogram the nationalistic agenda supplied by American culture. I'm glad that it's offered me a bridge to hear stories of non-European, Black Africa. I'm hoping to find something of comparable breadth that transcends the European filters on which this book depends.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I have a problem with how we keep saying "African". Like, how many would say "European Myths"? ANyhow, the collection is very good and provides an excellet starting point. I have a problem with how we keep saying "African". Like, how many would say "European Myths"? ANyhow, the collection is very good and provides an excellet starting point.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Vohn

    Used this as a resource for an outline on the history of spoken word. The historical/cultural information was very helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madly Jane

    In one book, you can find almost everything you need to know about African American folklore. With more research you can give complexity to this read. I've been reading 50 pages at a time, sometimes twice, since I began, and have searched for more on certain subjects. A fascinating book and one I highly recommend to all lovers of folklore. In one book, you can find almost everything you need to know about African American folklore. With more research you can give complexity to this read. I've been reading 50 pages at a time, sometimes twice, since I began, and have searched for more on certain subjects. A fascinating book and one I highly recommend to all lovers of folklore.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Genie Searcy

    Almost as good as sitting around the table with the wimmin and listenin to the stories...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Murray

    A lovely collection, that will inspire you to storytell in your modernity

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris brown

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lorri Jenkins

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Zajchowski

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anwar

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grant

  15. 5 out of 5

    Philip Jackson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jovan Bailey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yardley Hickey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kemi Ashing-Giwa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bird

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Woolfolk

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany White

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jorie W

  26. 4 out of 5

    Howtobeterrell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Robertson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

  30. 4 out of 5

    Анастасия Осьмушина

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.