Find Your Folklife
Find Your Folklife
We are “the folk,” all of us.
The Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Friends and Neighbors Initiative is about you—your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community. It’s also about us—who we are as Nevadans navigating the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
Folklife, folk arts, and folklore all spring from cultural identity, which comes from belonging to a social group. Family heritage—national or ethnic—often informs a person’s sense of self. Cultural identity may also derive from language, gender, religion, age, occupation, and locality or sense of place. Folk traditions are typically shared in informal ways and passed from one person to another by word of mouth, imitation, or observation.
Culture is something we share with others in a social group. It’s our folklife: our common values and beliefs, the creative ways we express identity in a group, the knowledge we share, the objects that hold significance and meaning, the activities we engage in as a community. Most people belong to many different “folk groups” or communities. Every person is unique. Depending on where you are and who you are with, you may express different aspects of your own cultural identity. Join us in a quest to “find your folklife”—and share on social media with the hashtag #NVFolkFAN.
Over the past three years we have been photographing Nevadans—your friends and neighbors—as they appear when representing cultural identity and as they appear in their everyday lives at home, on the job, or enjoying recreational activities. That work is represented in the 22 “lenticular two-flip” panels of this exhibition. To find out more about lenticular art, click here.
This exhibit will be available to view in person at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas from 5th September 2021
Discover the people and their stories…
Aisha Virender Sanwal, Friends of India, Las Vegas
Anastacio Duran, Danza Azteca Aztlan, Sparks
Andrew Fusco, Las Vegas Pipe Band, Las Vegas
Arabelle Panganiban, Kalahi Philippine Folkloric Ensemble, Las Vegas
Arturo Amaya, Las Vegas Peruvian Cultural Heritage Association, Henderson
Buttercup, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas
Carolina Vargas, Las Escaramuzas Perlas de Nevada, Silver Springs
Jackquelyn Urain, Euskaldunak Danak Bat, Winnemucca
JoeyRoss DeChavez, Lohan School of Shaolin, Las Vegas
Mike Neville, Sons and Daughters of Erin, Las Vegas
Monica Ortiz, Puerto Rican Association of Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Norbert Yao, Anouaze Beat, Carson City
Noriko Carroll, Kizuna Japanese Society, Las Vegas
Richard Senzig, Sons of Norway, Las Vegas
Savana Manha, Portuguese Pentecostal Festa, Fallon
Shawn Lynch, Hydroelectric Mechanic Supervisor, Hoover Dam, Boulder City
Sheldeen Kaleimomi Haleamau, Halau Hula O’Kaleimomi, Las Vegas
Thaysha Groves, Groves Cattle Company, Deeth
Theo Tso, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Las Vegas
Tristin Ike, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Elko
T.J. Ladner, Mobile Maintenance Welder, Kinross Round Mountain Gold Corporation
Alex Daw, University of Nevada-Reno