Western Folklore

Vol. 67, No. 4 – Fall, 2008



Musical Tradition and the Crisis of Place: Reform Jewish Songleading, Shabbat Shirah, and the New Dining Hall 321
Judah Cohen

Local Concerns, Foreign Heroes: George Washington in Israel 351
Esther Schely-Newman

Musical Trafficking: Urban Youth and the Narcocorrido-Hardcore Rap Nexus 379
Amanda Maria Morrison

Mirrored Archetypes: The Contrasting Cultural Roles of La Malinche and Pocahontas 397
Kristina Downs


Dorothy Noyes, Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco 415
Reviewed by Katherine Borland

Jan Harold Brunvand, Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends 417
Reviewed by Paul Jordan-Smith

Carol Burke, Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture 421
Reviewed by Richard Allen Burns

John Szwed, Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture 423
Reviewed by Winifred Lambrecht

Patricia Sawin, Listening for a Life: A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through her Songs and Stories 425
Reviewed by Sandra K. Dolby

Maria Tatar, Secrets Beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives 428
Reviewed by Ed Cray

William A. Wilson, The Marrow of Human Experience: Essays on Folklore 431
Reviewed by Barre Toelken and Polly Stewart

Janet Bennion, Desert Patriarchy: Mormon and Mennonite Communities in the Chihuahua Valley 433
Reviewed by Catherine Hiebert Kerst and Kristi A. Young

Gillian Bennett, Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease and Death in Contemporary Legend and Veronique Campion-Vincent, Organ Theft Legends 436
Reviewed by James Stacey Taylor

Rogers Brubaker, Ethnicity without Groups 439
Reviewed by Willie Smyth

Renée Ann Cramer, Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgment 441
Reviewed by Willie Smyth

Brian Swann, editor. Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of Algonquian Literatures of North America444
Reviewed by Jill Terry Rudy

William Bright, Native American Placenames of the United States 447
Reviewed by Justin M. Nolan

Dan Yashinsky, Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century 449
Reviewed by Jonathan Philpot

Kenneth L. Untiedt, ed., Inside the Classroom (and Out): How We Learn through Folklore 451
Reviewed by Timothy H. Evans

Martha C. Sims and Martine Stephens, Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions 453
Reviewed by David Allred

Douglas Deur and Nancy J. Turner, eds., Keeping it Living: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America 456
Reviewed by Mario Montaño

Don Krug and Ann Parker, Miracles of the Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin 458
Reviewed by Matthew Branch

Helen A. Berger, ed., Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America 460
Reviewed by Mary Koegel