On "Remus Orthography"
The particular orthography chosen by Joel Chandler Harris to represent African-American speech is, admittedly, a literary construct, but this is no reason to completely reject its authority, as some scholars have done. Each folklorist working in African American lore has made editorial choices regarding orthography, and there is no perfect transcription in any single text or collection. Surely the Harris tales must be regarded as an authentic part of a rich tradition.
Publication Name: Journal of Folklore Research
Our best, and oldest, friends: the long and often forgotten history of dogs
Two new books examine the role of domesticated dogs in human history. "The Lost History of the Canine Race" by Mary Elizabeth Thurston concerns the influence of dogs throughout the world. It is fascinating and well-illustrated, though Thurston fails to note the source of most of the illustrations. "A History of Dogs in the Early Americas" by Marion Schwartz concentrates on dog-human interaction in Precolumbian America.
Publication Name: Archaeology
- Abstracts: "Cultural brokerage" and "public folklore" within a German and American field of discourse. The compromises of applying theories in the making: response to Klaus Roth's orally delivered paper
- Abstracts: Moving the museum's ethnographic collections: a conservation approach. Etruscan sandals: fancy footwear from the sixth century B.C
- Abstracts: Xeroradiographic imaging. Bird's eye view of the ancient world. Low-altitude photography
- Abstracts: Goods, graves, and scholars: 18th-century archaeologists in Britain and Italy. Opening Franco's graves
- Abstracts: Who, Where, and What Were the Celts? Under downtown Prague. Where was Jesus born?