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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031403

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.001.0001

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Nativism and Cracker Revival at the Florida Folk Festival

Nativism and Cracker Revival at the Florida Folk Festival

(p.207) Nativism and Cracker Revival at the Florida Folk Festival
The Florida Folklife Reader

Martha Nelson

University Press of Mississippi

The Florida Folk Festival (FFF), considered the longest-running state-supported folk festival in the United States, is a public display of Florida’s cultural heritage and multiple ethnic identities. Music performances at the festival have been dominated by a group of revivalist musicians who are composers of “Florida Song.” Florida Song, with its interlocking themes and stock images, offers a nostalgic view of Florida’s frontier and a valorization of early settlers such as the Scots-Irish Crackers, combined with lamentation and protest over what has been lost. In order to understand the folklore of Florida Song, it is necessary to learn the history and public policies of Florida and the United States from the 1700s to the twentieth century. This chapter examines the development and implementation of the FFF.

Keywords:   folklore, Florida Folk Festival, Florida, ethnic identities, revivalist musicians, Florida Song, frontier, Crackers, cultural heritage

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