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Folkstreams American Music Archive

Folkstreams is an US national archive of rare films that document American folk or roots cultures, and allows you to stream the films online.

The films date from the 1960s and focus on the arts and culture of underrepresented American people. Transcripts are also available. Films are catalogued into subjects such as: AgingChildren, Dance. Narrative & Verbal Arts, Sports/Hunting, Urban Life and Women.

Watch clips from:

Afro-American Work Songs in ta Texas Prison (1966) – surviving life in Huntsville prison, Texas

Jazz Parades: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (1990) – about Sunday parades of New Orleans.

Fishing All My Days: Florida Shrimping Traditions (1986) – Florida fishing traditions and superstitions.

Medicine Fiddle (1991) –  a musical tradition passed down from the first American settlers, “learned from the woods, from the trees”.

Steppin’ (1992) – about a black fraternity and sorority dance style.

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