Virtual, October 11

AFS 2023 Annual Meeting Hub: A Video Welcome by AFS President Dr. Marilyn M. White.

All times displayed are Pacific Time.

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
  in-person session will be live streamed from Portland

8:00 am–12:30 pm

Workshop: Decolonization 101, with Deana Dartt and Heron Brae, Live Oak Consulting

Sponsored by:
AFS Local Planning Committee
Oregon Folklife Network
Western States Arts Federation

Chair: Deana Dartt (Live Oak Consulting) and Heron Brae (Live Oak Consulting)

Developed for the museum and cultural institution audience, Live Oak Consulting’s Decolonization 101 Training will offer vital information to create a basis for cross-cultural understanding. Topics include a historical overview of museums and native people; local Native culture and history (and why it matters); colonial history: law and policy; sovereignty and tribal partnerships; unpacking decolonization; navigating the land acknowledgement; museums and Native people today; and acknowledging settler privilege. Offered virtually in lecture style, with small and large group work and reflection, this thoughtful gathering is facilitated by Live Oak Principal Deana Dartt PhD, and co-facilitated by Heron Brae. Learn more at

Participants who join after 8:10 AM Pacific Time will not be let into the meeting, to avoid disruption for other participants.

This program is co-sponsored by Oregon Folklife Network and Western States Arts Federation.

This live event will not be recorded.

1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Virtual Concurrent Sessions (V1)

V1-03  The Folklore and Folklife of Material Culture  

V1-04  Growing in the Gutter: Comics, Culture, and Vernacular Narrative Art  

V1-05  Toward a Theory of Mind in Folkloristics  

3:30 pm–5:30 pm

Virtual Concurrent Sessions (V2)

V2-01  Partnership Processes where Institutions Meet Community: Meet Our Collaborators!  

V2-02  Self-representation in Cultural Documentation and Archival Preservation: Projects in the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants Program  

V2-03  Women, Violence, and New Mexican “Traditional” Music  

V2-04  Belief and Bonding: Three Insider Explorations of Community Narrative and Ritual  

V2-05  Belonging, Folklore, and Identity

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Grad Student and Young Professional Virtual Social Hour

7:30 pm–9:30 pm

Virtual Concurrent Sessions (V3)

V3-01  Folk Singing in India  

V3-02  From Uprooting to Re-rooting: Modern and Contemporary Discourses and Practices of Popular Religions in China

V3-03  Chinese Myth, Translation, and Transnational Exchange

V3-04  Vernacular Religion and Festival  

V3-05  The Diversity of Folk Religious Beliefs in Contemporary Chinese Society  

V3-06  The Emergence and Inheritance of Folk Literature  

V3-07  The Body and Belief Practice of Contemporary Folklore

Need help?

If you’re having any issues with registration, program hub access, or anything else to do with this year’s annual meeting, you can email us for help.


During the meeting, AFS staff will monitor a help line: you can send us a text message for assistance to this number:
(706) 680-6544