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musicians to the folklorists who do not come to practice their cul_ Folklffe are leading,, the project, tural traditions, but to work in the ' As a musician, I know that it is plants and make money, usually always difficult to find places to for a specific purpose. Perhaps it perform, and I hear the same from will be possible for some of them some musicians !,have come to to practice their traditional arts know in the area, he said. "Our and gain some income. shop is a perfect spot to work with Hernandez is organizing a festi- locals and with tourists to make val for the fail. He will include them aware. We do not have trou- music, dance and storytelling in ble maintaining our native cul- "Carnivales," which is scheduled tures here; people are very recep- for Nov. 7 at Delaware Tech Col- tive and want to attend and learn lege, Jack Owens Campus. about our events." might play is helping to catalog artists and performers of tradition- al folk arts. Preservation, paychecks "If we catalog those who are do- ing these arts and crafts, then we can investigate how they can be marketed by other than non-profit organizations," he said. "Of course, in marketing traditional works, people like to see how it's done. Are these artists willing, do they have the time, to come and demonstrate?" He said that one way communi- ties might take advantage of the work of the folklife project would be to pull more of the identified traditional artists and performers into local fairs and festivals. Marco Hernandez is associated with the Made By Hand Interna- tional Cooperative shop in South Bethany. A native of Mexico and a sup- porter of the preservation of arts, crafts and other forms of cultural heritage, Hernandez thinks that the folklife project can play a vital role in Delmarva. He works full time with the co- operative and has his own musical group, so his personal involve- ment with the project will be lim- ited. However, he thinks that finding and cataloging performers and crafts people is very important. He has already referred several Hernandez was instrumental in organizing the first Christmas posadas that were held in several southern Delaware communities. He said that they were very well attended by people of all cultures. "At first, some said that we would have to have Santa Claus so people would come, but I told them that it would not be appro- priate or authentic," he said. "We had a traditional posada and the Americans liked it. "Now, I am working with those in different cultures, such as Guatemalans, getting them to par- ticipate in festivals. Some are sur- prised at our relationships with those who are from countries very close together, but we do not nec- essarily have relationships with each other." Dr. Kimberly Grimes, an an- thropologist and the director of Made By Hand, shares some atti- tudes with Boyd-Heron. She said preserving the crafts tradition, whether it is in Roxanna or in Mexico, needs to be done so that the arts and crafts provide in- come. "In the case of the Fair Trade Federation and the cooperative, we want to see the traditions pre- served without people having to move," she said. "It requires a market balance, and it is a hard balance to strike. "Most of those from other coun- tries and cultures who come here, Become involved In his opinion, the lasting ef- fects of the folklife project will depend greatly on the number of people who become involved. He said he feels that one of the main purposes of the introductory ses- sion was for the leaders to listen and get ideas on how best to carry out the project. The Delmarva Folklife Project began late in 1997; it is planned as a three-year project. 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