What Is Folklore?

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A group of people at a table constructing decorative items with paper
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Zafiro Acevedo leads a piñata-making workshop, Rutherford, NJ, 2003. Photo by Emily Socolov

Find out more about our field, what folklorists do, and where to learn more. Published by the American Folklore Society, provides a beginner’s introduction to folklore and resources to extend your exploration of this diverse field of study.

For students of folklore, it also provides an overview of how folklorists define folklore.

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