Society and Awards
For the past century, the North Carolina Folklore Society has promoted the appreciation and study of our state’s folklife. The society supports folklore practitioners and professionals and honors our state’s culture through publications and awards, which include the Brown-Hudson Award and the Community Traditions Award.
The Brown-Hudson Award recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the transmission, appreciation and observance of traditional culture and folklife in North Carolina. Past winners include artists, scholars, documentarians and activists such as Vollis Simpson, Joe Thompson, Doc and Merle Watson, Etta Baker, Archie Green, Ray Hicks,, Adolph Dial and Alice Gerrard. The award was created in 1970 in memory of Frank C. Brown of Duke University, a prolific documenter of N.C. folklife, and Arthur Palmer Hudson, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of the Society’s Journal.
The Community Traditions Award recognizes organizations and groups who engage in or support folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina. Presented annually since 1992, this award has honored community organizations, guilds, event organizers and singing groups such as Green Grass Cloggers, Alexander County First Sunday Singing Convention, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Music Maker Relief Foundation, The Brasstown Carvers and El Pueblo Inc.
The 2013 award winners were honored on Saturday, Sep. 28, at a special ceremony at 6 p.m. in The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
The new winners represent the continuing legacy of folklorists who serve our communities through policy building, legal advocacy, conflict resolution, economic development, exhibit design and curatorship, academic research, multi-media production and classroom curriculum development. Stay tuned for details about our 2014 annual meeting and awards.
The North Carolina Folklore Society grants two annual awards that recognize a lifetime of work in the field and practice of folklore.
The Brown Hudson Award:
The NCFS presents the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award to persons who have in special ways contributed to the appreciation, continuation, or study of North Carolina folk traditions. The Brown-Hudson Folklore Award was established in 1970 to honor two distinguished folklorists and officers of the North Carolina Folklore Society, Frank C. Brown of Duke University and Arthur Palmer Hudson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both had served as the Society’s Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Brown from 1913 to 1944 and Dr. Hudson from 1945 to 1966. Dr. Hudson was also the longtime editor of North Carolina Folklore, directing the publication from its inception as a recurring journal in 1954 until his retirement in 1966.
For a complete listing of previous Brown Hudson Award Recipients click here.
The Community Traditions Award:
In 1992 the NC Folklore Society gave out the first of its Community Traditions Awards. This award honors the organizations and groups who engage in or support folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina. Community Traditions Awards have been awarded to community organizations, guilds, event organizers and singing groups such as The Alexander County First Sunday Singing Convention, The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Music Maker Relief Foundation, The Brasstown Carvers, and El Pueblo Inc.
For a complete listing of previous Community Traditions Award Recipients click here.
Mary Mintz, Brown-Hudson Award Recipient
Photograph © Chris Fowler