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Folkmoot USA Records


Folkmoot USA is an international song and dance festival held each summer in western North Carolina since 1984, with roots in Waynesville.These records contain correspondence from dance groups, photographs, and videos. Of special note are files created before and after the fall of the USSR, letters regarding political coups, international issues between Palestine and Israel, and creatively worded press releases.

Title

Folkmoot USA Records

Collection Number

ORG.7004

Date(s)

1983 - 2008

Physical Description
Boxes
30.00
Cubic feet
13.75
Abstract

Folkmoot USA is an international song and dance festival held each summer in western North Carolina since 1984, with roots in Waynesville.

These records contain correspondence from dance groups, photographs, and videos. Of special note are files created before and after the fall of the USSR, letters regarding political coups, international issues between Palestine and Israel, and creatively worded press releases.

Creator

Folkmoot USA

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


The files are arranged alphabetically by country, then dance group. Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order. Some dance groups sent only letters of interest in the festival, with no additional correspondence.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these files.


Initial processing by Kendall Rankin, 2016 with additional processing by Whitley Albury, 2017


Folkmoot USA started in 1984, as the brainchild of Waynesville surgeon, Dr. Clinton Border, following his 1973 trip to Sidmouth, England with a group of local square dancers. After eleven years of careful planning, Folkmoot USA was born. Since then, the festival has hosted groups from six continents.

Western North Carolina is rich with history and folklore, so it made sense for an international festival based on song and dance to thrive here. In 1983, Dr. Border presented the idea to community leaders in Haywood County. A month later, the organization officially launched.

The first festival took place in 1984, and showcased troupes from nine countries - England, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Mexico, and Turkey. Each year, performers from the United States take the stage as well, either in the form of clogging teams with bluegrass bands, hula dancers from Hawaii, or Cherokee dancers.

After years of housing performers with members of the community and at Waynesville Middle School, Folkmoot USA's dormitories opened on the site of the former Hazelwood Elementary School in 2002. In 2014, Folkmoot USA was given the school and turned it into the Folkmoot USA Friendship Center.


The Folkmoot USA Records contain correspondence between dance groups and Ms. Jackie Bolden, Dr. Border, Ms. Jayme Cooper, and Mr. Rolf Kaufmann from between the years of 1983 and 2008. Also included are photographs and videos of various dance groups.


  • Folk dancing
  • Folk music
  • Folk music festivals--North Carolina
  • Waynesville (N.C.)--History--20th century

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina 1: Grand Ballet Argentino, Instituto El Cimarron

Argentina 2: Instituto Santafesino de Danzas Company of Dance

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Bolivia

Bosnia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cameroon

Canada 1: Canadian Dance Tapestry, Forrester's Cape Breton Scottish Dance Co., Les Danseurs de Ste. Marie, Les Éclusiers, Les Petits Pas Jacadiens

Canada 2: Mackinaw, Montreal Society of Chinese Performing Arts

Chile

China 1: Anhui Festive Drum Lantern Folk Art Troupe, China Minority Nationality Art Delegation, China Nationalities Song & Dance Ensemble, Chinese Dancers Association of Shanxi Province, Chinese Ethnic Ensemble

China 2: Chinese Taipei-Taiwan Fang Shiong Dance Theatre, Strathcona Chinese Dance Company, Tianjian Dagang Petroleum Folk Art Troupe,Tibetan Song & Dance Ensemble

Columbia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Daghestan

Denmark

Djbouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

England

Ethiopia

Finland

France 1: Eths Esclops, Fleurs des Iles, Kevrenn Alre

France 2: La Delphinale, La Sabotee Sancerroise, La Soyette, Les Enfants du Morvan

France 3: Lous Cames de Boy, Lous Cigalouns de Mourseuns, Lous Crabots de Semisens, Lous Gouyats De L'Adou, Lous Gouyats De L'Adou 2002, Pastous et Pastourettes, Roudelet Felibren, France-Unknown

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece 1: Folkdance Group of Ionia, Kalarrytes, Likion Ton Ellinidon Kilkis

Greece 2: Lykion ton Hellinidon of Kavala, Naoussa Paros, Pyrsos

Haiti

Holland

Honduras

Huahine (French Polynesia)

Hungary 1: Bortino Szekszárd, Erkel Ferenc

Hungary 2: Forras Ensemble, Gocsej Tancegyuttes, Kiszöv Tápiómente Folkdance Group, Tisza Ensemble

India 1: Askara, Nritya Sampda, Nrutyalok/Nrutyeshwar, Page Gap

India 2: Rang Bahar, Rang Puhar, Vallari Vibes

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel 1: Ayalot Hanegev, Gvanim Rishon le Zion Dance Group, Holit, Hora Galim, Hora Ofaqim, MAATAF

Israel 2: Mechola Jerusalem, Shalom Israel, Tzabarim

Italy A-C: Alicata, Amuri o Vita, Antiche Tradizioni Popolari, Aria di Casa Nostra Alatri, Cantovivo, Capo D'Armi, Citta di Argrigento

Italy E-M: Estrella, Gergent, Gli Amici del Folclore, Gruppo Folcloristico Citta di Erba I Boj, La Bella, Cumpagnia, La Cola Cola, La Pacchiarella, Le Tradizioni, Miromagnum,

Italy S-Z: Santa Gorizia, Santa Predu, Sbandieratori Contrada S. Luca, Sicilia Antica, Sicily-Citta di Argento, Sikania, Su Maso-Sardinia, Tataratá, Verica, Zig-Zaghini

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxemburg

Macedonia A-J: Misc. Photos, Bitola, Gerdan, Ilinden,

Macedonia K-Z: Koco Racin, Mirce Acev, Orce Nikolov, Tanec,

Malaysia

Malta

Manchuria

Martinique

Mexico A-B: Ballet Folklorico de Bella Artes de Jalisco, Ballet Folklorico de Michoacan, Ballet Folklorico Recreación, Ballet Folklorico Universidad de Colima

Mexico B-C: Ballet Folklorico Universitario (Dance Group) and Grupo de Musica Tradicional Mexicana El Tigre (Music Group), Colima, Compania Estatal de Danza Folklorico del Estado de Mexico OR Ballet Folklorico Estado de Mexico, Conjunto Folklorico Magisterial, Conjunto de Danza de Xalapa

Mexico D-S: Grupo Artistico Mexicano "Macuilxochitl", Grupo Folklorica Recreación "Estampas de Mexico"

Mexico T-Z: Tonalomatl, Venerable Danzate de Canto Florido

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Morocco

Nairobi

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nigeria

North Cyprus

North Ossetia

Norway

Palestine

Panama

Paraguay

Peru 1: Amankay, Así es Mi Tierra, Asociación Cult. y Folk. Fiesta Fina del Peru, Expresion Folclorica, Grupo de Danzes Minchanzaman, Inti Raymi

Peru 2: Jallmay, Mosoq Nina

Peru 3: Somos Peru

Phillipines

Polynesian Islands-Tahitian Group

Poland 1985: Promini

Poland 1986-1988: Bartusia Obrochty/Wojciech Bójski

Poland 1993: Promini/Bójski, Unknown Photos & Letters

Poland 1994: Warszwianka: The Folk Song & Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University

Poland 1998 A: Agricultural University of Wroclaw

Poland 1998 B: Agricultural University of Wroclaw

Poland 2000: Krakus

Poland 2001-2002, 2004: Czestochowa, Folk Dance Group Maria Curie Sklodawska University, Komes, Ozla, Poaniorz, Strzecha, Warszawa

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Reunion Island

Romania 1: Asociatia Folklorica Ghiocelul, Balada, Doina Bucurestiului, Doina Carpatilor, Doina Timisului

Romania 2: Folk Group Doina, Lugojana, Nunta Zamfirei, Romansul

Romania 3: Silvana, Somesul-Napoca, Tara Fagarasului, Transilvania Folkloric Ensemble

Russia 1: Alexandrov Uzory, Arvaiden

Russia 2: Back-up, Baikal 2003, Baltic Alliance, Blitz, Buryation, BYU Collection (Volya)

Russia 3: Cossack Liberty, Eskimo Group Attasikun-Siberia, Gornitsa

Russia 4: Kalinka

Russia 5: Kalmyk State Folklore Dance Theater, Krasnodar Musical Theatre, Kuban, Leysen 2008, Lipetsk, Youri Gourianov "Osselialt"

Russia 6: Russian National Theatre, North Ossetia, Ogonyok 2002, Razdolie, Rossiyanka

Russia 7: State Folk Dance Ensemble of Bashkortostan, Tula Lubot

Russia 8: Udmurt Republic, Ulan-Ude

Russia 9: Vesennie Zori, Yegor Ensemble

St. Croix

St. Lucia-Castries

St. Martin

Sakhu

Scotland

Senegal 1: Les Ballets Bougarabou

Senegal 2: Request to observe festival, Bougarabou Dance and Theater Co., Bulunda

Senegal 3: Demb AK Tay, General

Serbia 1: 14 Oktobar, Abrasevic Ensemble, Gradac

Serbia 2: Kraljevo, Slavko Panovic, Slobodan Boban Slovic

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain 1: Ara de Madrid, Athamy,Cáceres, Cántara, Castro Floxo, Companide Danzas City of Seville

Spain 2: Coros y Danzas, Coros y Danzas de Madrid, Coros y Danzas de Molina, Es Broll

Spain 3: Facyde, Francisco de Goya, Goizaldi, Grupo de Danzas de Fuengirola

Spain 4: Iratzarri Dantza Toldea, Raíces del Folklore Aragonés, Virgen del Rosario,

Sri Lanka 1: National Dance Troupe

Sri Lanka 2: Sri Lanka National Dancing Troupe

BOX 16

Correspondence

Sweden

Switzerland

Tahiti

Taiwan 1: Fernando Cellicion Zini Dancers, Taipei Folk Dance Troupe, Taiwan-Formoso Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe

Taiwan 2: Yi-tzy Folk Dance Troupe, Yi-tzy Folk/Fei Yong Dance

Tatarstan

Thailand

Togo 1: Atopani, Balafen, Baobob

Togo 2: Corbato, Ewedoudou, Kesinonu, Kotoko

Trinidad

Turkey 1: Anadolu Folk Toplulugu, Anadolu Floklore Vakfi Samsun Grubu, Anatolian Folklore Foundation,

C. I. O. F. F. (Sabri Caliskan), Folklor Egitim Kultur Vesanteui Dernegi-Gaziantep (FEMSE), Fomged

Turkey 2: Gehem, Group Anadolu (Anakara), Harman Folklore Research Association

Turkey 3: Karsiyaka Folklor Dernegi, Kathod Folk Dance Group, Tevfix Fikret Lisesi Folklore

Uganda

Ukraine Piolet-Younst: Piolet, Ukrainian State Song and Dance, Yunist of Halychna Ensemble, Ukraine Yunost-Zhaivir: Yunost, Zhaivir

USA 1984-1985: 1st Festival 1984 Form Letters, Cherokee Request, Land of Waterfalls Cloggers, Pisgah View Ranch, Spivey Mountain Cloggers, Tarheel Cloggers, 1985 Schedule, 1985 Form Letters

USA Hawaii: Ka Pa Hula O Kamehameha, Kumu Hula Roselle Keliihonipua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Mr. and Mrs. Ahuna

USA North Carolina: Apple Chill Cloggers, Dixie Darlins

USA Utah-Brigham Young University: 2001, 1997, 1999, 1990-1992

USA: Virginia

USA Other States: Idaho-Rocky Mountain Express, Kentucky-Berea College Country Dancers, Kentucky-Clogging McClain Clan, Louisiana-Renaissance Cadienne, Montana-Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, Utah-Clog America

USSR

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yugoslavia

Programs and Brochures

Financial

Administrative

General

General miscellaneous

Oversized photos

Unidentified photos

Miscellaneous

Photo disks 1

Photo disks 2

Photo contest entries 2006

Photo contest entries 2007

Photo contest entries 2008

Photo contest entries 2009

Bank art 1993

Folkmoot USA board

Breakfast welcome

Candids

Dollywood Festival of Nations

Goodbyes

Green, Teddy

International Day

International Day wares