Texas Heritage, Winter 1985

Texas Folklife
Resources:
Preserving Texas'
Folk Cultural
Heritage
by: Betsy Peterson
A well-crafted Lone Star quilt, a stirring
rendition of a Mexican-American
corrido, a full-blown Texas tall tale, or
a tightly woven rawhide whip-all are
examples of the folk arts and each one
contributes to our common understanding
of what it means to be a
Texan. As art forms rooted in the traditions
of the community and the family,
and passed down for generations
by word of mouth or by example, the
folk arts eloquently proclaim our artistic
and cultural heritage as Texans.
And the wealth of folk art and folk culture
indigenous to Texas is significant
indeed.

While public interest in the folk arts
has increased considerably in the last
five years, the very artists and communities
responsible for preserving and
practicing these art forms are themselves
decreasing in numbers. Factors
such as industrialization, increased
mobility, the artists' inability to find
apprentices and locate materials, and
the general social and economic hardships
of passing on the traditional
works of the heart and the hand have
contributed to this situation.

Instrument maker, W.W. "Skinny" Trammell, of Lone Star, Texas, points proudly to the flower pot
inlay on a mandolin he made in 1981. Mr. Trammell specializes in the making of guitars, mandolins
and fiddles.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Vargas
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Texas Historical Foundation. Texas Heritage, Winter 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45443/. Accessed December 20, 2014.