About

 

The Northwest Michigan Folklife Center  conducts and coordinates field documentation projects; develops educational publications and programs, including online presentations; sponsors concerts, conferences, and lectures;and provides specialized technical, administrative, and consulting services to community organizations, scholars, educators, and other agencies.  Since 2010, the founder of NMFC, Gretchen Eichberger has centered her work around modern dance theater.  The content of this work has primarily centered around themes relevant to the distinctive culture of Northwest lower Michigan.

To inquire about these services, please contact Gretchen EIchberger,  gretchen@michiganfolklife.org,  or call 231-871-0215

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  1. When congress created the American Folklife Center in 1976, it had to define folklife in order to write the law. Here is what the law says:

    American folklife is the traditional, expressive, shared culture of various groups in the United States; familial, ethnic, occupational, religious, and regional.

    Expressive culture includes the wide range of creative and symbolic forms, such as custom, belief, technical skill, language, drama, ritual, architecture, music, play, dance, drama, pageantry, and handicraft. Generally these expressions are learned orally, by imitation, or in performance, and are maintained or perpetuated without formal instruction or institutional direction.

    The northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula radiates a distinctive culture rich in human expressions, therefore the primary mission of the NMFC is to collect the region’s folklore.

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