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Traditional Folk Arts

Exploring, sharing, & preserving the music & folk arts of the past for future generations. 

Introduction to Echoes of the Arkansas River Valley

Passing on  Folk Traditions 

fidder arkansas from encyclopedia of arkansas Echoes of the River Valley (ERV) is a series of programing events dedicated to exploring, sharing, and preserving the folk arts of the River Valley

The purpose of ERV is to bring the people of the River Valley and the campus community together to educate and promote the music and traditional arts practiced in the region. The emphasis is on the oral tradition where the craft or process is taught through oral communication rather than notation. Music was taught and learned by ear.  The folk traditions explored in this program have been preserved for centuries by families and communities who have passed along expertise to the next generation by way of example.

Needle work was practiced out of necessity with mostly women gathering in churches to help each other with the task of quilting large blankets, hence the quilting bee.

Most of these traditions can be found throughout the state of Arkansas through many wonderful venues and organizations.

The vision for Echoes of the River Valley is to create a community in the River Valley to gather, share, and preserve folk art traditions. Folk traditions by definition are cultural and artistic endeavors by the people for the people.





Photo credit: Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Central Arkansas Library System.