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dc.contributor.author Kay, Jon
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-03T16:15:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-03T16:15:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Kay, Jon, ed. The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-253-03708-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/22075
dc.description Jon Kay is Professor of Practice in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and Director of Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers. en
dc.description.abstract Can traditional arts improve an older adult’s quality of life? Are arts interventions more effective when they align with an elder’s cultural identity? In The Expressive Lives of Elders, Jon Kay and contributors from a diverse range of public institutions argue that such mediations work best when they are culturally, socially, and personally relevant to the participants. From quilting and canning to weaving and woodworking, this book explores the role of traditional arts and folklore in the lives of older adults in the United States, highlighting the critical importance of ethnographic studies of creative aging for both understanding the expressive lives of elders and for designing effective arts therapies and programs. Each case study in this volume demonstrates how folklore and traditional practices help elders maintain their health and wellness, providing a road map for initiatives to improve the lives and well-being of America’s aging population. en
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction: Folklore and the Expressive Lives of Elders / Jon Kay | Part I: Observations on Folklore and Aging | 1. Boot Lasts and Basket Lists: Joe Patrickus’s Customized Art and Life / Lisa L. Higgins | 2. Aging with Grace and Power: A Puerto Rican Healer’s Story / Selina Morales | 3. Fieldworker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History in Wood and Words / Julián Antonio Carrillo | 4. “I don’t have time to be bored:” Creativity of a Senior Weaver / Yvonne R. Lockwood | 5. The Role of Traditional Arts in Identity Creation in the Lives of Elders / Patricia Atkinson | 6. Still Working: Productivity and Food Preservation / Danille Elise Christensen | 7. Quilts and Aging / Marsha MacDowell and Clare Luz | 8. Curating Time’s Body: Elders as Stewards of Historical Sensibility / Mary Hufford | Part II: Folklife and Creative Aging Programs | 9. Elderhood Arts / Kathleen Mundell | 10. Dancing Chairs and Mythic Trees: The Power of Folk Arts in Creative Aging, Health and Wellness / Troyd Geist | Index
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Indiana University Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Material Vernaculars: 4;
dc.title The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging en
dc.type Book en


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