Regional Folklife Project

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies will be conducting field research on the traditional lifeways of people of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. This project is a partnership with the Utah Arts Council, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Bear River Heritage Area, and USU's Special Collections and Archives. Fieldwork will take place in 2010 and 2011.
We will interview people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, looking for the traditions they pass on within their families, workplaces, and communities--foodways, crafts, music, dance, storytelling, and more. We especially want to get to know some of the newcomers to the region--people who have moved here from other countries. In Cache Valley alone, there are over 80 languages represented among people who have come here. The groups include Burmese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Eastern European, Latino, and many more.
If you are aware of a tradition that should be documented through this project (we will be doing recorded interviews and photography), please contact the Mountain West Center at 435.797.0299 or