Question1 What is the difference between "public" and "academic"folklife?
Publicfolklife refers to folklife that is developed, coordinated andassessed through not academic settings. They include folklife that ispresented in venues such as government agencies such as the libraryof congress, museums, and community based cultural organizations.Public folklife have important social and psychological impacts.Academic folklife, on the other hand, occur higher education learninginstitutions mainly universities and colleges. There are severaluniversities that train folklorists as well as publish folklife work.
Question2 Why does the federal government sponsor a national folklifefestival?
Since1960s, the federal government, through its agencies has supported andsponsored folklife festivals in different parts of the country. Thisis because public folklife activities are able to attract huge crowdespecially young people. Through these activities, the government isable to showcase the diversity of the American society. This includesethnic, cultural, regional, and racial diversity. Through themulticultural themes of these festivals the federal governmentpromotes culture exchange between different groups. Additionally, thefestivals have been used in building tolerance to cultural diversityespecially among the youths.
Question3 How does the knowledge of folklore apply to fields other thaneducation?
Folkloreis very applicable in several fields. This is because it providesessential information on cultural identities and how they affectsocial interactions. For example, in medicine, folklore related toalternative medicine, such as fork art therapy in children and theelderly, in a particular cultural group are very essential. Theunderstanding of folklore is also important to business organizationsespecially the development of marketing strategies targetingparticular cultural group. Folklore is also essential in provision ofrefugee services.