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OFN Portland Metro Area Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey records

Identifier: OFN 010

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises folklore fieldwork documentation created by the Oregon Folklife Network in a survey of folk and traditional arts in five Oregon counties in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area in 2016 and 2017. The Portland Metro Area Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey is one of the several surveys the organization has completed since 2012.

This collection contains folklore fieldwork documentation, newsletter articles, and public presentations created in this survey. Fieldwork documentation is in digital file formats and includes 2084 color photographs and 84 interview sound recordings, as well as media logs and artist data sheets, documenting 80 traditional artists, organizations, and events.

Professional folklorists Douglas Manger, Nancy Nusz, and Makaela Kroin completed fieldwork in Yamhill County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and Columbia County. Oregon Folklife Network Director Riki Saltzman and folklore students Maxie Cox and Brad McMullen participated in selected interviews and contributed fieldwork documentation. Public presentations and project reports by fieldworkers are included in the collection.

The survey documented the following traditional arts (and artists) associated with regional occupations and avocations: ranching and farming (Barbara Coleman, Duane Van Dyke, Tom Schmidt, Amanda Baller); forestry and logging traditions (Ronald Smith, Fred Heller, Luis Vidart, Mike Pihl); and fly fishing and river guiding (Hal Gordon, Ron Lauzon). The survey includes documentation of various music and dance traditions, including Blues music (LaRhonda Steele, Norman Sylvester), Spanish and Argentine dance (Magdalene Grace Deane, Newberg Tango Club), Welsh hymn singing (Bryn Seion Welsh Church), Puerto Rican music (Neftali Rivera and Grupo Borikuas), Aztec dance (Johnny Martinez), Mariachi music (José Ramirez), Japanese traditional music (Eri Muroi), Persian music (Hossein Salehi), and Bulgarian music (Milen Slavov), Ghanaian (Odo Abby Project), Buddhist dance and song (Prajwal R. Vajracharya), and Koto music (Oregon Koto-Kai).

Foodways documented in the survey include Chinese foodways (Andy Wong ), Indian foodways (Sushmita Poddar), Japanese foodways (Wakai Tea Association), Kenyan foodways (Wambui Machua), Khmer foodways (Amara Sim), Nepalese foodways (Ang Diki Sherpa, Nitu Rajbahndari and Prasanna Pradhan), Puerto Rican foodways (Neftali Rivera and Grupo Borikaus), and Russian foodways (Roman Russian Food Store). The survey documented fiber arts and handcrafts, including quilting, sewing, and embroidery (Alice Smith, Jean Gordon, Lourdes Parra), and rug weaving (Maryam Monadi, Basira Sadiqi).

The survey documented Native American traditions, including Coos and Coquille paddle making (Shirod Younker), Shoshone Bannock storytelling (Ed Edmo), and basket making (Celeste Whitewolf, Stephanie Wood).

Photographs include portraits of artists, as well as images of arts and crafts, tools and supplies, process and techniques, and workshops and workrooms. Artist data sheets completed by folklorists include artist biographical data and contact information, as well as a description of each artist's tradition and how it was learned.


  • 2016-2017


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Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

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Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Oregon Folklife Network is Oregon’s statewide folklife program and includes partners at state and local levels that document, support, and celebrate traditions arts and tradition bearers in Oregon. The Oregon Folklife Network is based at the University of Oregon and produces publications, museum exhibits, public events, folklife fieldwork, and documentary collections. Since 2012, it has been engaged in a survey of folk and traditional arts and artists in Oregon. Survey documentation is held at the University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

Statewide supporters are the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Library, and Oregon Heritage Commission. Community partners include Oregon Tribes, community-based cultural organizations, museums, regional cultural alliances, local arts agencies, K12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries. The Oregon Folklife Network succeeds the Oregon Folklife Program, which provided statewide services supporting folklife and traditional arts in Oregon from 1977 to 2009 at the Oregon Arts Commission, next at Lewis and Clark College, and then at the Oregon Historical Society.


2333 digital file(s)


The Oregon Folklife Network is Oregon's folklife and traditional arts program, and includes culture and heritage partners that operate on state and local levels to document, support, and celebrate Oregon's cultural traditions. This collection comprises folklore fieldwork documentation, newsletter articles, and public presentations created by the Oregon Folklife Network and professional folklorists Makaela Kroin, Douglas Manger, and Nancy Nusz in a survey of folk and traditional arts in five Oregon counties in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area in 2016 and 2017. Fieldwork documentation includes 2082 color photographs and 85 interview sound recordings, as well as media logs and artist data sheets, documenting 91 traditional artists, organizations, and events in Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Marion County, Columbia County, and Yamhill County. Photographs include portraits of artists, as well as images of arts and crafts, tools and supplies, process and techniques, and workshops and workrooms.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into series by fieldworker and arranged chronologically by interview date. Materials for each fieldworker are organized by county and artist. Documentation for each artist is arranged by format: texts, photographs, and sound recordings. Texts include media logs for photographs and sound recordings, release forms signed by the artist, final reports, and artist data sheets.

Interview List

  1. Dorotea Lopez interview - Mixteco Embroidery, Foodways, Language, November 4, 2016
  2. Neftali Rivera and Grupo Borikuas interview - Puerto Rican Music, November 4, 2016
  3. Dennis Best interview - Knot Tying and Ropework, November 8, 2016
  4. Phil Fake interview - Model Ships and Piracy, November 8, 2016
  5. Awilda Medina Vazquez and Sam Vazquez interview - Puerto Rican Foodways, Music, November 9, 2016
  6. Mary Hager interview - Native American Music/Dance, November 10, 2016
  7. Nitu Rajbahndari and Prasanna Pradhan interview - Nepalese Music, Dance, Foodways, Ritual, November 11, 2016
  8. Sushmita Poddar interview - Indian Dance, Henna, Foodways, November 12, 2016
  9. Wambui Machua interview - Kenyan Foodways, November 15, 2016
  10. Kay Demlow interview - Seamstress, Dressmaker, Fashion Historian, November 16, 2016
  11. Johnny Martinez interview - Aztec Dance, November 17, 2016
  12. Kelsey Furuta interview - Taiko, November 18, 2016
  13. José Ramirez and Mariachi La Perla interview - Mariachi Music, November 30, 2016
  14. Lisa Chang interview - Hula, November 28, 2016
  15. Donald Webb interview - Taxidermy, Leathercraft, Folk Art, November 28, 2016
  16. Mike Pihl interview - Logging Traditions, November 29, 2016
  17. Manuel Ramos and Ballet Folklorico Mexico En La Piel Academia interview - Mexican Ballet Folklorico, November 30, 2016
  18. Alice Smith interview - Quilting, Sewing, Embroidering, November 30, 2016
  19. Ronald Smith interview - Logging Traditions, Woodcraft, November 30, 2016
  20. Fred Heller interview - Logging Traditions, Woodcraft, December 1, 2016
  21. Lourdes Parra interview - Mexican Handicrafts, Dress Making, Fruit Carving, December 1, 2016
  22. Chan-Phirath Farley interview - Khmer Dance, Cambodian Weddings, January 20, 2017
  23. Hal Gordon interview - Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, November 29, 2016
  24. Jean Gordon interview - Quilting, Embroidery, November 29, 2016
  25. Eri Muroi interview - Japanese Traditional Music, January 20, 2017
  26. Amara Sim interview - Khmer Foodways, January 20, 2017
  27. Celeste Whitewolf interview - Native American Basketry, Fiber Arts, March 8, 2017
  28. Yingwana Khosa interview - South African Dance/Music, March 15, 2017
  29. Jamshi Fazel-Hamedani interview - Santoor, March 16, 2017
  30. Maryam Monadi interview - Persian Rug Weaving, March 16, 2017
  31. Hossein Salehi interview - Persian Music, Santoor, March 17, 2017
  32. Milen Slavov interview - Bulgarian Music, Accordion, December 1, 2017
  33. Luis Vidart interview - Storyteller (sheep herding, lumbering, hunting tales), November 5, 2016
  34. Dave Merz interview - Bee Keeping, November 9, 2016
  35. G.D. Armstrong interview - Traditional Musician and Luthier, November 12, 2016
  36. Barbara Coleman interview - Alpaca Ranching, November 14, 2016
  37. Kris Stuart interview - Traditional/Contemporary Musician, November 15, 2016
  38. Amanda Baller interview - Farming, November 12, 2016
  39. Gerry Blankenship interview - Sign Maker, Sketch Artist, Poet, November 17, 2016
  40. Francisco Bautista interview - Rug Weaving, November 23, 2016
  41. Ron Lauzon interview - Fly Fishing and River Boat Guiding, November 23, 2016
  42. Phyllis Adams and Christina Keady interview - Food Preservation, November 26, 2016
  43. Magdalene Grace Deane and Newberg Tango Club interview - Spanish and Argentine Traditional Dance, November 26, 2016
  44. Bryn Seion Welsh Church interview - Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn-singing festival) , November 27, 2016
  45. Duane Van Dyke interview - Horse Drawn Farming, November 29, 2016
  46. Stephanie Wood interview - Basket Making, November 29, 2016
  47. Rick DeFerrari interview - Cooper, December 1, 2016
  48. Tom Schmidt interview - Orchardist (hazelnuts and walnuts), December 1, 2016
  49. Portland Mercado photographs, October 31, 2016
  50. Monica Moreno interview - Piñata and Sugar Skull Making, November 4, 2016
  51. Ang Diki Sherpa interview - Nepalese Foodways, Momos, November 5, 2016
  52. Basira Sadiqi interview - Embroidery and Carpet Weaving, November 6, 2016
  53. Roman Russian Food Store photographs - Russian Foodways, November 7, 2016
  54. Judy Zhou interview - Dough Art and Paper Cutting, November 10, 2016
  55. Kenya Marquez interview - Folklorico Dance, November 11, 2016
  56. Somlith Bosombath interview - Woodworking, November 13, 2016
  57. Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg interview - Bulgarian Folk Dance, November 13, 2016
  58. Martinez Family interview - Leatherwork, November 14, 2016
  59. Worknesh Geda interview - Songs and Movement, November 17, 2016
  60. Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church photographs, November 17, 2016
  61. Karen Community Weavers interview - Back Strap Loom Weaving, November 17, 2016
  62. Secret Bryant interview - Hair Braiding and Styling, November 18, 2016
  63. Sherpa Nirvana Momo Food Cart photographs, November 19, 2016
  64. LaRhonda Steele interview - Gospel and Blues Music Singing, November 19, 2016
  65. Norman Sylvester interview - Rhythym and Blues Music, November 18, 2016
  66. Prajwal R. Vajracharya interview - Buddhist Dance and Song, November 20, 2016
  67. Yat Sing Music Club interview - Cantonese Opera Music and Song, November 20, 2016
  68. Obo Addy Legacy Project interview - Ghanaian Music, November 21, 2016
  69. Anne-Marie Urukundo interview - Embroidery, November 22, 2016
  70. Baba Wagué Diakité interview - Storytelling and Mud Cloth, November 25, 2016
  71. Marimba Primaveral interview - Marimba, November 26, 2016
  72. Johnny B. Connolly interview - Accordion Music, November 27, 2016
  73. Oregon Koto-Kai interview - Koto Music, November 27, 2016
  74. Portland Chinese Arts and Culture Center interview, November 28, 2016
  75. Andy Wong interview - Chinese Foodways, November 22, 2016
  76. Keiko Kodachi interview - Ikebana Flower Arranging, November 29, 2016
  77. Wakai Tea Association photographs, November 29, 2016
  78. Shirod Younker interview - Coos and Coquille Paddle Making, November 29, 2016
  79. Ed Edmo interview - Native American Storytelling, November 30, 2016
  80. Michelle Fujii and Unit Souzou interview - Taiko and Folk Dance, December 1, 2016
  81. Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum photographs, December 4, 2016
  82. Tulehoidjah: Portland's Estonian Folk Dancers interview - Estonian Folk Dance, December 4, 2016
  83. Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association photographs, December 4, 2016
Guide to the Oregon Folklife Network Portland Metro Area Folklife and Traditional Arts Survey Records
Nathan Georgitis, Eleanore Kohorn
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